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PM Dung heads to Thailand to bolster bilateral relations

Update: July, 22/2015 - 09:39
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will be visiting Thailand tomorrow at the invitation of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha in a bid to strengthen their bilateral relationship. — Photo chinhphu

HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will be visiting Thailand tomorrow at the invitation of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha in a bid to strengthen their bilateral relationship.

The trip will focus on a wide range of issues, including politics, security, defence, economy, trade, investment and labour, as well as co-operation between the two countries at regional and sub-regional forums.

During the visit, the two leaders will co-chair the third Viet Nam-Thailand Joint Cabinet Meeting, a macro-level bilateral co-operation mechanism used for outlining major orientations in the friendship and co-operation between the two countries.

PM Dung will also attend the Viet Nam-Thailand Business Dialogue and meet the Vietnamese community there.

Since the two countries established diplomatic ties on August 6, 1976, the relationship has developed comprehensively. In 2013 during General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong's visit to Thailand, it was upgraded to a strategic partnership. Viet Nam and Thailand have also signed an action plan to implement the Viet Nam-Thailand strategic partnership from 2014-2018.

The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on defence co-operation during Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon's visit to Viet Nam, during which they shared experience in fighting transnational crime, drugs, cyber crime and human trafficking.

In addition, Viet Nam and Thailand have also stepped up co-operation in education and training and culture. Thailand made it possible for Viet Nam to build two monuments commemorating President Ho Chi Minh in Udon Thani and Nakhon Phanom provinces.

They have increased co-operation in developing the East-West economic corridor, opened air routes between the two countries and are negotiating bus routes connecting the two countries via Laos and Cambodia.

The two countries have agreed to extend co-operation in agriculture-forestry-fishery and science-technology.

Trade between the two countries reached US$10.6 billion in 2014 and $4.35 billion in the first five months of 2015.

As of June this year, Thailand was the 10th largest investor among the 101 territories and countries investing in Viet Nam, with 392 valid projects and a combined registered investment capital of $6.8 billion. — VNS

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