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Viet Nam-Thailand Talks and Joint Cabinet Retreat
27/8/2015 15:33' Send Print
Signing of the Joint Statement on the Third Viet Nam-Thailand Joint Cabinet Retreat. Photo: VGP

After the solemn welcoming ceremony at the Government Building, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had talks with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and co-chaired the third Joint Cabinet Retreat, the first since the countries set up their strategic partnership in June 2013.

Upholding comprehensive and substantive bilateral relation

At the talks and the Joint Cabinet Meeting, the two Prime Ministers informed each other of the developments of each country.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha highly appreciated the great achievements of Viet Nam after 30 years of renovation, and voiced his willingness to closely work with Viet Nam to foster bilateral relations in a more comprehensive, effective and substantive manner.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung congratulated Thailand for its important achievements in national development, turning Thailand into a prosperous and modern country with an increasingly higher role and position in the region and the world. He stressed that Viet Nam continually attaches importance to its traditional amity and comprehensive co-operation with Thailand and supports the latter's active contributions to regional and global peace, stability, cooperation and development.

Orientations of Viet Nam-Thailand cooperation

The Prime Ministers agreed that cooperation between Viet Nam and Thailand in all fields has flourished, demonstrating the growing efficiency and importance of their strategic partnership.

On that basis, the two Prime Ministers agreed on major cooperation orientations to intensify the efficiency of the strategic partnership toward the fifth decade of bilateral relations.

On politics, both sides agreed to promote exchange of visits and contacts of high-level delegations and delegations of all levels, strengthen and deepen bilateral cooperation stipulated in the Plan of Action implementing the Thailand-Viet Nam Strategic Partnership in the period of 2014-2018. They attached high importance to current bilateral cooperation mechanisms such as the Joint Cabinet Retreat, the Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC), the coming Foreign Ministers’ Retreat and the Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation (JWG/PSC) and agreed to coordinate closely to celebrate the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations (1976-2016).

On national defense and security, both sides agreed to continue effectively carrying out the bilateral defense cooperation agreement; shortly establish and put a defense policy dialogue mechanism into operation between the Vietnamese Deputy Defense Minister and the Standing Secretary of the Thai Defense Ministry as well as a high-ranking security dialogue mechanism between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the Royal Thai Police and push forward the negotiations on and signing of cooperation deals in these fields such as an extradition agreement. Both sides reaffirmed their commitments not to allow any individual or organization to use the territory of one country to conduct activities against the other.

On economy, prompted by diversified and effective cooperation achievements, and given the fact that Thailand is the one of the 10 largest foreign direct investors in Viet Nam and the leading ASEAN trade partner of Viet Nam, both sides set a new target for bilateral trade volume of USD 20 billion by 2020.

The two sides agreed to beef up its investments in areas of strength of Thailand and demand of Viet Nam, especially sea tourism, textile-garment and footwear industries, farm produce production and processing, mechanics, chemistry and material production. Viet Nam and Thailand were unanimous in strengthening collaboration in other realms like labor, culture, sports, education, aquatic products, science-technology and connectivity, including the opening of passenger transportation services along fixed routes and coastal transport cooperation among Viet Nam, Thailand and Cambodia.

Both sides agreed to closely coordinate to ensure that fishermen of the two countries do not commit act of violation in sea fishing and jointly settle any case of violation in the spirit of friendship and cooperation. The two sides reached consensus to strengthen cooperation among localities and people-to-people exchange through the Viet Nam-Thailand Friendship Association and the Thailand-Viet Nam Friendship Association.

Sharing concerns on developments in Southeast Asia

Both Leaders exchanged views on regional issues of mutual interest.

Both sides reaffirmed the position contained in the Chairman’s Statement of the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur last April and reaffirmed their commitment to continue close cooperation with each other and with other ASEAN countries for the establishment of the ASEAN Community by late this year and in the coming period while maintaining the leadership and central role of ASEAN in regional strategic issues.

They voiced concern over recent developments in the East Sea that have affected trust, peace, security and stability in the region and reiterated the importance of ensuring peace, stability as well as marine and aviation safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea.

Both sides emphasized the need for all parties to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) in its entirety, to build, maintain and enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities, not resort to threat or use of force, to resolve their differences and disputes through peaceful means, in accordance with international law including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS) and urged that dialogues and consultations be intensified to ensure the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC).

After the meeting, the two Leaders witnessed the signing of 5 documents, namely: Joint Statement on the Third Viet Nam-Thailand Joint Cabinet Retreat; MOU on labor cooperation; Agreement on Employment of Workers; Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Friendship between Long An province, Viet Nam and Trat province, Thailand and Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Friendship between Kon Tum province, Viet Nam and Ubon Ratchathani province, Thailand.

Both sides issued a Joint Press Communique on the Third Viet Nam-Thailand Joint Cabinet Retreat.

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