Myanmar is extending its hand in friendship to seven small nations, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Minister U Kyaw Tin in a statement last Friday said the new government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD) will form diplomatic ties with the countries once the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw gave the nod.
The countries are the Vatican City, Guinea, Malta, Ecuador, Seychelles, Liberia and Marshall Islands.
“These countries are very far from Myanmar and there are some obstacles for bilateral trade.
“Our main focus will be forming ties on the international front. We can establish goodwill relationships, have diplomatic ties and support each other,” U Kyaw Tin said.
Once the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approved the proposal, Myanmar’s ambassadors in countries close to the seven nations would be appointed as envoys.
He said Myanmar was working on expanding its diplomatic ties with members of the United Nations.
He said talks had been held and the countries had agreed to form diplomatic ties.
The 0.44 square kilometer Vatican City is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and home of the Pope. It has diplomatic ties with 180 countries.
Guinea in West Africa has a 12 million population, a gross development product (GDP) of US$16 billion and a per capita income of $1300.