Myanmar and Indonesia sign mutual visa exemption

Myanmar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wanna Maung Lwin and Indonesian counterpart, Marty Natelegawa signed a mutual visa exemption agreement on May 10.
The agreement is a step towards the Asean regional common visa which Myanmar hopes to implement by 2015 as stipulated by the Asean Framework Meeting in Malaysia in 2006.
The agreement was signed at a meeting of foreign affairs ministers during the 24th Asean Summit held in Nay Pyi Taw  from May 10 to May 11.
Thailand’s deputy prime minister said that Thailand also planned to institute a visa exemption agreement with Myanmar but there were some differences of opinion.
“Our side has planned to give visa exemption to those who enter through 20 airports, by air first. But the Myanmar government wants all people that come to Thailand to be given. In that point, opinions are different. However, visa exemption would come sooner or later,” he said.
The Myanmar government sees such agreements as not only beneficial to the tourism sector, but also able to enhance of trade between countries. Trade between Myanmar and Indonesia is expected to reach US$1 billion by 2016.

Source : Eleven Myanmar