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VN lifts transport ties with Thailand

Update: May, 15/2015 - 09:24
Transport Minister Dinh La Thang meets with his Thai counterpart, Prajin Juntons, in Ha Noi yesterday. — Photo mt.gov.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Transport Minister Dinh La Thang called for further preliminary studies of plans to open five cross-border bus routes between Viet Nam and Thailand during a talk with his Thai counterpart, Prajin Juntons, in Ha Noi yesterday.

He said that the two countries developed a plan for the bus routes two month ago and invited Laos to join in efforts to make the bus routes connect the three countries.

Possible routes include a route from Viet Nam's central Ha Tinh Province to Laos' Khammuon Province, and on to Thailand's Nakhon Phanom Province. Another route would go from HCM City to Phnom Penh, and on to Bangkok.

The two ministers also agreed to promote coastal marine transport from the east of Thailand to the southern coast of Viet Nam.

Minister Prajin Juntons said that they would organise a meeting in August between delegations from Viet Nam, Thailand and Cambodia to discuss the coastal marine transport co-operation. He said he hoped Viet Nam creates favourable conditions for vehicles from Thailand to enter Viet Nam.

He also said that Thailand's Transport Ministry would consider offering support to aviation firms of both countries, particularly Thai-Vietjet Air, an airline that is 51 per cent owned by Thai Kannithi Aviation and 49 per cent by Vietjet Air.

Thang said that he appreciated the transport co-operation between Viet Nam and Thailand as the two prepare for the ASEAN Community at the end of the year. For better connectivity with regional neighbors, he added, Viet Nam considers transport infrastructure a major pillar for development. — VNS

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