|Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) meets with Thai acting Foreign Minister Sihasak Phuangketkeow in Ha Noi yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has asked Thailand's authorities to continue ensuring security and safety for Vietnamese citizens who are working, visiting and living there.
Minh, who is also Foreign Minister, made the request while meeting Thai acting Foreign Minister Sihasak Phuangketkeow in Ha Noi yesterday.
The Deputy PM said he hoped the unrest in Thailand was over.
Minister Sihasak outlined Thailand's three-stage road map for a general election.
The two sides agreed to consider joint meetings and political consultations between the two foreign ministries.
They also agreed to accelerate the signing of an action plan for the strategic partnership first agreed during an official visit to Thailand in June 2013 by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
Regarding regional and international cooperation, Deputy PM Minh said he valued the statement issued by ASEAN foreign ministers on the East Sea situation at the ASEAN Summit in Myanmar last month.
He said he wished that Thailand, as an ASEAN-China co-ordinator, would work with other ASEAN countries to provide a common voice in regional security and development based on international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
At the same time, he said efforts should be made to finalise a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) as soon as possible. — VNS