Vietnam, Thailand need to make greater efforts to expand friendship and cooperation, said State President Truong Tan Sang while receiving President of the Thai Senate Teeradej Meepien in Hanoi on December 23.
Sang expressed his delight at the growing multifaceted cooperation since the two countries established diplomatic ties 35 years ago. He said both countries have coordinated closely at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and within cooperative economic mechanisms in the region and sub-regions such as the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy, the East-West Economic Corridor and the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
The State leader said he hopes the two sides will continue working closely to realize the goals of ASEAN and build a strong ASEAN community.
President Meepien spoke highly of Vietnam’s role in the ASEAN community, adding that he believes the ASEAN community will be increasingly prosperous with good cooperation among member countries.
Showing optimism for outcomes of bilateral trade and investment cooperation, Meepien said that Vietnam and Thailand should further enhance cooperation in tourism, within the East-West.
The same day, at a reception for Meepien, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of attaching importance to strengthening and increasing comprehensive cooperation with Thailand.
Phuc spoke highly of the flourishing economic and trade ties between the two countries with two-way trade turnover reaching US$5.46 billion in the first 8 months of this year.
Vietnam will continue to create favourable conditions for Thai businesses to invest in the country, Phuc assured his guest.
He said Vietnam is ready to cooperate with Thailand in projects of the East-West economic corridor and promote bilateral connectivity, firstly in the fields of transport, customs and tourism.
The Deputy PM said he hopes both sides will continue taking measures to improve efficiency of existing cooperative mechanisms, to further strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
He proposed Thailand create favourable conditions for overseas Vietnamese to stabilise their lives and do business in the country, for the development of Thailand and for the bilateral friendly relations.
Meepien expressed his hope to further strengthen the traditional friendship and cooperation with Vietnam, adding that the two countries need to boost friendly exchanges to tighten solidarity in the near future.
On the occasion, Meepien expressed his thanks to the Vietnamese Government and the Vietnam Red Cross for assisting the Thai Government and people in overcoming recent major floods.