16/02/2016 14:52 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Vietnam, Thailand boost bilateral cooperation

Hanoi, February 16 (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-ocha have agreed on measures to boost the bilateral cooperation in various fields.

Their meeting took place on the sidelines of the ASEAN - US Summit from February 15-16 in California, the US.

The two sides expressed their delight at the fruitful relations and the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Thailand and pledged to work together for the effective implementation of the Plan of Action Implementing the Vietnam – Thailand Strategic Partnership (2014 - 2018), and the agreements inked at the third joint Cabinet meeting in July, 2015.

During the meeting, PM Dung appreciated his Thai counterpart’s leadership in fostering bilateral labour cooperation, including the granting of licences for Vietnamese labourers in Thailand in December last year.

He called on Thailand to cooperate closely with Vietnam in handling issues related to fishermen and fishing vessels in a humanitarian spirit and in line with the friendship and the strategic partnership between the two nations.

The two leaders agreed to assign their Foreign Ministers to coordinate the bilateral cooperation in various fields. A deputy ministerial-level dialogue mechanism on security – defence should be established as soon as possible, they said.

PM Prayut Chan-ocha suggested boosting economic, commercial and investment ties with focus on labour, fisheries and agricultural cooperation.

The two PMs were also unanimous in enhancing the solidarity and promoting the central role of ASEAN in dealing with regional issues of peace, security and development.