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Bringing Vietnam-Thailand traditional friendship and Strategic Partnership to a new height
30/8/2017 14:54' Send Print
The two Prime Ministers witness the signing of important documents between localities and enterprises of the two countries. Photo: VNA

At the invitation of Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand Prayut Chan-ocha, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, his wife and high-ranking delegation paid a visit to Thailand from 17-19 August 2017. The visit was seen as a great success on all three aspects of state diplomacy, investment promotion and people's external relations.

During the visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was accorded a ceremonial welcome and had a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Prayut, who hosted dinner in Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s honour. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc paid courtesy calls on President of Legislative Committee; President of Privy Council General Prem Tinsulanonda and met with Chairman of Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association, Prachuab Chaiyasan; CEO of leading Thai companies, and attended the opening ceremony of the “Vietnamese Week in Thailand” exhibition held to promote Vietnamese products in Thailand. In Nakhon Phanom province, the Vietnamese Prime Minister and delegation met with the Governor of Nakhon Phanom province, received leaders of the All-Thailand General Association of Overseas Vietnamese, leaders of the All-Thailand Association of Vietnamese Businesses, the Vice Chairman of the Nong Khai People's Council. He visited President Ho Chi Minh’s Memorial Site, met with Vietnamese communities and attended the Meeting on Economic Connectivity, held to strengthen the investment and connectivity in Northeastern of Thailand.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held successful talks with Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-ocha in Bangkok. The two leaders reiterated their commitment towards the bilateral trade target of US$ 20 billion by 2020; to support for each other to become regional hubs of commercial investment attraction; facilitate each country's goods access to each other's markets; and promote cooperation on rice.

The two sides reaffirmed the importance of maintaining peace, security and stability as well as the safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea; emphasized that parties should ensure the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC); build, maintain and enhance mutual trust; respect the principles of self-restraint and non-use of force; resolve differences and disputes by peaceful means, in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The two leaders also reaffirmed their support for ASEAN and China to early reach the Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC).

At meetings with President of the National Legislative Assembly Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, President of the Privy Council General Prem Tinsulanonda, the leaders of the two countries exchanged bilateral, regional and international issues of common concern. The two sides hailed remarkable progress made under the Thailand-Vietnam Strategic Plan of Action (2014-2018), and agreed to expand areas of cooperation to boost the Strategic Partnership between the two countries.

Promoting investment between Vietnam and Thailand, the two Prime Ministers witnessed the signing of many important documents, including the Agreement between the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand on cooperation in science, technology and innovation; Memorandums of Understanding between ministries in the fields of economy, trade, postal service, telecommunications, information technology, banking; and other memorandums of understanding between localities and businesses of the two countries.

Concerning investment promotion - a prominent success of the visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the Vietnam-Thailand Economic Cooperation Forum. Also present at the Forum were Thai Deputy Prime Minister, General Prajin Juntong and more than 500 businesses from the two countries. At the forum, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Thai Deputy Prime Minister, General Prajin Juntong witnessed the signing of a series of documents and memorandums of understanding between Thai-Vietnamese businesses.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister also spent most of his visit to work with representatives of leading Thai corporations to promote trade and urged Thai businesses to invest in Vietnam. The Prime Minister also personally attended the opening ceremony of the "Vietnam Week in Thailand" to promote Vietnamese products in Thailand. On the basis of the Vietnam-Thailand Strategic Partnership, as a result of the Prime Minister’s effective and intensive agenda, the visit was expected to create a wave of investment by Thai businesses in Vietnam.

Especially during this visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, his wife and the high-level delegation of Vietnam paid a floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh and offered incense at President Ho Chi Minh Memorial Site in Ban May, Nakhon Phanom province. This is not only Uncle Ho’s largest-ever memorial site built in Thailand, but also a cultural and historical structure constructed out of the earnest desire of overseas Vietnamese in Thailand and the emotion of the Party, State and people of Vietnam to beloved President Ho Chi Minh.

The visit took place in the context of the continued strengthening of the Vietnam-Thailand Strategic Partnership. On the basis of close political, security and defense relations and trust, cooperation in the field of economics, trade and other fields is strengthened. Thailand is currently Vietnam's largest trading partner in ASEAN. The successful outcome of the visit made a significant contribution to bringing Vietnam-Thailand traditional friendship and Strategic Partnership to a new height.

Thuy Linh