Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the remark at talks on November 27 in Hanoi with his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha who is on a working visit to Vietnam to elevate bilateral ties to a higher level.

The Thai PM’s official visit to Vietnam right after taking office is seen as a vivid manifestation of the strategic partnership and a practical contribution to propel the Vietnam-Thailand traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation forward.

The two PMs noted with satisfaction the bilateral ties have been growing constantly in various realms, particularly after it was upgraded to a strategic partnership during Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s Thailand visit in June 2013.

They agreed to continue close coordination, intensify high-level delegation exchange and effectively implement bilateral cooperative mechanisms like joint cabinet meetings and the Vietnam-Thailand bilateral cooperation committee.

Both government leaders stressed the need to direct ministries, sectors and localities to fully realize signed agreements and increase cooperation with a focus on investment and trade activities towards achieving a US$15 billion bilateral trade target by 2020.

The two sides also reached a consensus on combined efforts to resolve disputes by peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and speed up the finalization of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea(COC).

Prayuth Chan-ocha invited PM Nguyen Tan Dung to attend the Greater Mekong Sub-region Summit in Thailand in December, 2014 and co-chair the third joint cabinet meeting next year.

After the talks, the two PMs witnessed the signing of three cooperation documents, including the 2014-2018 action programme on the Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership, the 2014-2016 cultural cooperation programme and a cooperation agreement between the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and Thailand’s Chachongsao province.

Thai PM welcomed by State, NA leaders

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha appreciated Vietnam in facilitating operations of Thai enterprises involved in oil gas and fishing in the country at his meeting with President Truong Tan Sang in Hanoi on November 27.

Both countries should use their current road and seaway transportation routes to form joint tourism-served tours, he told the President.

He stressed the necessity to reinforce collaboration among the ASEAN member states, especially between Thailand and Vietnam in the rapidly changing world.

The Thai PM said he believed that the traditional friendship foundation will support Vietnam- Thailand coordination at international forums.

President Truong Tan Sang confirmed that Vietnam treasures and is willing to intensify its ties with Thailand.

He affirmed Vietnam’s commitment to facilitating the implementation of cooperation programmes between the two countries’ ministries and businesses.

Concurring with the Thai PM’s proposal of expanding cooperation among ASEAN members, the State leader hoped that with its role as ASEAN’s coordinator at regional forums, Thailand will help address difficulties facing the bloc and build a united ASEAN community.

On the same day, the guest was received by National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, who expressed his belief that the visit will push for stronger bilateral ties, particularly in politics, economics, security, defence, tourism, culture and education.

Both sides agreed to enhance parliamentary cooperation through all-level delegation exchanges and experience sharing.

The host took this occasion to invite Thai parliamentary leaders to attend the 132 nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Hanoi in 2015.

Vietnam News Agency - November 28, 2014

Thai, Vietnam work on boosting two-way trade

Thailand and Vietnam are hoping to bring bilateral trade up to US$15 billion (Bt492 billion) by 2020 and have agreed to continue increasing mutual cooperation in several areas, especially agriculture. Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha came to these agreements with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung during his two-day visit to Hanoi, Government Spokesman Yongyuth Mayalarp said.

During the first nine months of this year, trade between the two countries amounted to $7.6 billion, an increase of 11 per cent year on year.

The two leaders also agreed to boost trade and connectivity, especially via the cross-country highway network linking Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, called R8, R9 and R12, under the framework of the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) and the North-West Economic Corridor (NWEC).

Prayut also proposed the launching of a passenger transport service linking the Northeast of Thailand with Vietnam to enhance trade, investment and tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

In a meeting with Prayut on Thursday, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang hailed the 40 years of strong bilateral diplomatic relations the two countries have enjoyed, Yongyuth said.

The president also congratulated Thailand for signing the 2014-2018 strategic partnership with Vietnam, which makes the Kingdom the only Asean country to have signed such an accord, Yongyuth said.

Prayut also called on Nguyen Sinh Hung, chairman of Vietnam's National Assembly, who expressed pleasure over the warm relations the two governments have.

Prayut also informed Hung that Thai MPs would attend the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union General Assembly to be held in Hanoi in March and April next year, saying he wanted to see close cooperation between the lawmakers of both countries, Yongyuth said.

Yesterday Prayut met Ta Quang Ngoc, president of the Vietnam-Thailand Friendship Association, and they discussed several projects under the bilateral cooperation framework. Ngoc voiced appreciation over the fact that Thailand and Vietnam had agreed to establish a sister-city link between Thailand's Chachoengsao and Vietnam's Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

Before returning home yesterday, Prayut took time to lay wreaths at the Vietnam War Memorial and at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, and upon arrival in Bangkok, he told reporters that all Asean countries had to walk together and that nobody was a leader.

"We will have joint achievements that will create security and no conflicts," he said.

The Nation - November 29, 2014