29/07/2015 15:27 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Vietnam – Thailand Enhance Their Strategic Partnership

On July 23, 2015, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung paid an official visit to Thailand and co-chaired the 3rd Vietnam-Thailand Joint Cabinet Meeting. The positive results of the visit significantly contributed to intensifying and fostering the strategic partnership between the two countries.
Based on the increasingly fine achievements in full and effective cooperation, the two nations agreed to set a new target for bilateral trade volume of 20 billion dollars by 2020.

The two leaders concurred in promoting the exchange of visits at all levels and in carefully coordinating with each other to celebrate the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (1976-2016).

Regarding defence and security, the two countries agreed on continuing to implement the bilateral defence cooperation agreement, affirming to abide by the commitment to not allow any individual or organisation to use the territory of one country to conduct activities directed against the other.

The official welcoming ceremony for Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is solemnly held
at the Government House of Thailand. Photo: Duc Tam – VNA 

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hold a retreat meeting. Photo: Duc Tam – VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha co-chair
the 3rd Vietnam-Thailand Joint Cabinet Meeting. Photo: Duc Tam – VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha pose a photo
with two countries’ cabinet members. Photo: Duc Tam – VNA

Two Prime Ministers witness the signing ceremony of the Joint Statement on
the 3rd Vietnam – Thailand Joint Cabinet Retreat. Photo: Duc Tam – VNA 

Two Prime Ministers witness the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on labour cooperation.
Photo: Duc Tam – VNA 

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the representatives of Thai King and royal family,
receives Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Photo: Duc Tam – VNA 

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is introduced to Thai traditional crafts. Photo: Duc Tam – VNA

The two Prime Ministers extensively discussed international and regional issues of mutual concerns, reiterating their pledge to closely cooperate with each other and with other ASEAN members to reach the realisation of the ASEAN Community in late 2015 and to maintain the central role of ASEAN in addressing strategic matters in the region.

The two sides also shared their concerns over the recent developments in the East Sea, which adversely affected trust and confidence and may undermine security, peace and stability in the region, reaffirming the importance of maintaining peace and stability as well as safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea.

The two states highlighted the necessity for all related sides to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of parties in the East Sea (DOC); to build, maintain and enhance mutual trust and confidence; to refrain from using or threatening to use force; to resolve disputes through peaceful means in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); and to employ dialogue and consultations to reach the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

The 3rd Vietnam-Thailand Joint Cabinet Meeting took place in a manner of friendship, candour and mutual understanding. The two Prime Ministers exchanged their opinions and saw eye to eye on general directions and practical measures to cement the Vietnam-Thailand relationship.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the two Prime Ministers witnessed the signing ceremony of cooperation agreements and issued a joint press communiqué about the visit.