Mon. Jun 10th, 2024

Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung and Permanent Secretary of
Thailand’s Foreign Ministry Norachit Sinhaseni co-chaired the fifth
political consultation between the two ministries on June 29 in Hanoi.

The two sides agreed that the relationship between the
two countries is growing in all fields, especially since Vietnam and
Thailand signed an action plan to realise their strategic
partnership for the 2014-18 period.

This year, the two
countries have organised a number of high-level visits, including the
visit of Thai Princess Sirindhorn and a working trip to Thailand by
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in May.

Meanwhile, bilateral economic, trade and investment ties have been
expanded with two-way trade reaching 10.6 billion USD in 2014 and 2.6
billion USD in the first quarter of 2015.

As of now, Thailand is the 10th largest investor in Vietnam with total investment of 6.69 billion USD, they noted.

At the same time, cooperation mechanisms between the two countries have
proved their efficiency as seen in the success of meetings of the Joint
Committee on bilateral cooperation in March and the Joint Working Group
on politics and security in June this year.

Both sides
agreed to continue the exchange of delegations at all levels, while
coordinating closely in preparing for the third joint Cabinet meeting
co-chaired by the Prime Ministers of both countries.

They
concurred to foster affiliation in security, defence, economy, trade,
investment, transport, tourism and labour, while working closely for the
early signing of a memorandum of understanding on labour cooperation
and an agreement on recruitment.

At the same time, the two
foreign ministries will continue coordinating in organising activities
celebrating the 40 th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2016.

The two sides also agreed to continue supporting each
other at regional and international forums, especially within the ASEAN
framework in the context that the ASEAN Community is to be formed by the
end of this year. They vow to work with other members of the grouping
in maintaining the role and common stance of the bloc in strategic
issues in the region.

The 6 th political consultation between the two ministries is slated for Thailand in 2016.-VNA

By vivian