PM meets head of Thailand’s Privy Council, top legislator

President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai (L) meets with ational Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai left Hanoi on August 16, concluding his four-day official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. During his stay in Vietnam, President Wichitcholchai held talks with NA Chairwoman Ngan, paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and met with the Vietnam-Thailand Parliamentary Friendship Group. At these meetings, the two sides expressed their delight at the development of Vietnam-Thailand relations in recent years with the regular exchange of high-ranking delegations.   [Parliamentary friendship group hopes for stronger Vietnam-Thailand ties] The two sides agreed that functional agencies of the two legislatures will closely supervise the implementation of the cooperation agreements signed between the two governments and maintain the exchange of delegations at all levels while the two parliamentary friendship groups will also strengthen their cooperative ties. They held that parliamentarians of Vietnam and Thailand should share viewpoints and support each other at international and regional inter-parliamentary forums in issues of mutual concern, thereby contributing to the building of a peaceful, stable and developed Asia-Pacific region. The leaders agreed to create better conditions for businesses from the two nations to meet in order to boost bilateral trade and investment relations. Thailand hoped that more Vietnamese investors would do…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Chairman of the Vietnam-Thailand Parliamentary Friendship Group Pham Dinh Toan met on August 15 with President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, who is on a visit in Vietnam. Chairman of the Vietnam-Thailand Parliamentary Friendship Group Pham Dinh Toan highly valued the visit’s significance to the Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership as well as the friendship and multifaceted cooperation between the two legislative bodies. He described it as an opportunity to build trust and understanding between leaders of the two countries and parliaments. Applauding the active and effective activities of the two parliamentary friendship groups, he noted that their cooperation has become an important channel of parliamentary diplomacy and a firm bridge helping to foster relations between the countries’ parliaments and people. He expressed his hope for the NLA’s continued support on cooperation activities of the two parliamentary friendship groups to share information about issues of common concern. At the meeting in Hanoi, NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai said relations between the two legislatures have continually been reinforced. He added that he will help the parliamentary friendship groups to step up activities since they are critical factors in the development of bilateral parliamentary ties and Vietnam-Thailand relations. Before the meeting, the NLA delegation had paid homage to Ho Chi Minh at the late President’s mausoleum and visited the late President Relic site in Hanoi. ... [read more]

Besides exchanging high-ranking visits between Vietnam and Thailand, the two governments signed a Joint Statement on Cooperation Framework in the first decade of the 21st century during their first joint Cabinet meeting held in central Da Nang city in December 2004.Vietnam and Thailand have so far inked nearly 30 bilateral agreements of cooperation in economy, trade and investment, culture, tourism and environment. Their two-way trade turnover has increased rapidly, reaching nearly US$1.5 billion in the first half of this year, including US$440 million worth of Vietnamese exports to Thailand. Vietnam exports computers and computer accessories, crude oil, coal, and electronic products to Thailand while importing petroleum, plastic materials and motorbike spare parts from the country.The two countries have agreed to cooperate in promoting rice exports and stabilising rice prices on the international market. The Vietnam Food Association and the Thai Rice Exporters Association signed an agreement on rice prices in July 2006. Thailand has invested in 125 projects valued at US$1.5 billion in Vietnam, ranking ninth among countries and territories and third among ASEAN member economies. These projects are focused on seafood, mining exploitation, food processing and banking services. The two countries are committed to carrying out many projects and programmes within the framework of the East-West Corridor, the Greater Mekong Sub-region, the Ayeyawady - Chao Phraya - Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) as well as at regional and international forums with a view to promoting bilateral cooperation in defence and security, education and training, culture, science and technology, environment…... [read more]

From December 18-21, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung pays his official visits to Cambodia, Laos and Thailandat the invitations of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdec Hunsen, Lao Prime Minister Buasone Bouphavanh and Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont. Mr Dung’s first official visits as Prime Minister to the three countries are not only courtesy visits, according to ASEAN practice but they are aimed at promoting Vietnam’s relations with neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia.The visits take place at a time when Vietnam’s bilateral cooperative relations with Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, as well as its multilateral cooperation with the ASEAN framework have achieved positive progress. Recently, the three Prime Ministers of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia held their fourth meeting in the central highlands city of Da Lat (Vietnam) to discuss the implementation of the Vietnam-Lao-Cambodia Development Triangle plan. During the December 18-21 visits to Cambodia and Laos, PM Nguyen Tan Dung will discuss with the two countries’ leaders specific measures to implement the reached agreements.Thailand and four other ASEAN countries are implementing an early harvest programme on trade relations with China which will reduce tax rates of some products imported from Vietnam and the Philippines, helping accelerating the process of building the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015, five years ahead of schedule as previously planned. Vietnam’s bilateral relations with Cambodia, Laos and Thailand have made significant progress. 2006 is considered a year for Vietnam and Cambodia to strengthen border demarcation and landmark plantation at seven international border gates. The completion of border demarcation and…... [read more]

The event was attended by representatives from the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA), the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF), the Government Committee for Religious Affairs and the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand. After three centuries, Vietnamese nationals in Chanthaburi province have become a major community, contributing positively in many ways to the province’s development. Addressing the ceremony, the Deputy Governor of Chanthanburi province thanked the Vietnamese Government for supporting the Vietnamese Catholic community there and said he hopes that Vietnam-Thailand relations will continue to flourish in the near future. Earlier on December 8, the representatives from the COVA, the VFF and the Government Committee for Religious Affairs met with Chanthaburi province’s Governor Poonsak Pranootnaraparn. Mr Poonsak said that his province is to build a new port to run ships to Phu Quoc island in Kien Giang province to enhance tourism and trade activities between the two countries.... [read more]

At a meeting organized by the Vietnamese Embassy in Australia many pledged to make practical contributions to the homeland in 2013 to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two country. Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Thanh Son and Ambassador Ngo Duc Thang expressed the delight at the constant development of Vietnam – Thailand relations and urged the Vietnamese community to preserve the value ò their traditional culture. *** Vietnamese residents in Geneva, Switzerland, have organized a Tet welcoming party at the Au Lac Viet School. Tuyen who left Vietnam 30 years ago for Switzerland said her two sons are studying the Vietnamese language at the school in the hope of joining other Vietnamese residents in social events. Mai Linh, a Vietnamese-Swiss student, expressed her wish to celebrate Tet in her mother’s homeland in the near future. The Au Lac Viet School was established in Geneva in 2008 to help young Vietnamese born in Switzerland. *** At a meeting held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Berlin, a German diplomat conveyed his best wishes to the Vietnamese people on the occasion of their traditional Tet festival. *** Hundreds of young Vietnamese residents gathered for the first time to celebrate Tet at the Cypriana Godebskiego primary school in Poland where they watched lion dances and enjoyed traditional dishes.... [read more]

The paper said despite facing difficulties in the regional environment, relations between the two countries have rapidly improved thanks to bilateral diplomatic efforts and increased mutual trust.In less than one year, the two sides have clinched a bilateral agreement on visa exemption for their citizens. Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese annually travel to Thailand as it has become a familiar tourism site for many Vietnamese people. Since Vietnam was admitted to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1995, Vietnam and Thailand have underscored the necessity of building a strong ASEAN community as a pillar in communal security, economies and social interests, the paper noted. As a full member of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) and the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), moving closer to become a World Trade Organisation (WTO) member in the coming time, Vietnam will further strengthen continue promoting cooperative relations with Thailand in the areas of economics, security, literature & arts and sports. The paper added that Vietnam will be a huge potential market for Thai products and goods.... [read more]

VOV: Could you please review important landmarks in diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Thailand during the 30 past years? Mr Hung: The last 30 years has been a path of great historic significance for Vietnam-Thailand relations as we have witnessed drastic changes. Since the mid 1990s, in accordance with positive changes in the regional situation, bilateral relations have developed rapidly and strongly. Mutual understanding and multi-faceted cooperation have been strengthened bilaterally and multilaterally. In August, 1976 the two countries officially established diplomatic ties and opened embassies in each capital city in early 1978. Between 1992-1998, many visits were conducted between high-ranking delegations from each country. The most prominent event was the 1993 official Thailand visit by former Party General Secretary Do Muoi and the 1998 official visit to Thailand by former State President Tran Duc Luong. The Thai Prince and Princess also visited Vietnam in 1992 and 1997 respectively. During such visits, numerous cooperative agreements were signed. To date, the two countries signed more than 30 agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs). Among those worthy of note was the sea border demarcation agreement signed on August 9, 1997. The signing of such agreements and MoUs havs significantly contributed to promoting bilateral cooperation in various fields and many prolonged pending issues have been resolved. In early 2004, the two countries successfully organised the first joint cabinet meeting in order to build a new cooperative mechanism between the two governments. On this occasion, the two sides also signed a joint statement on…... [read more]

The seminar, entitled “Vietnam-Thailand relationship: History- Present issues and Tendency,” was co-organised by Thailand’s ChulalongkonUniversity and the Thai embassy in Vietnam. Addressing the seminar, Thai Ambassador to Vietnam Kittipong Na Ranong said that the diplomatic relations between the two countries have been established on the basis of aspirations of the two countries’ leaders and amid numerous changes in the world’s political life. Over the years, Vietnam and Thailand have seen progress in their relations, he said, adding that the two nations also enjoy many similarities in culture and religion. Also at the seminar, a Thai scholar on Vietnam, Thira, said Vietnam’s economy will continue to develop and the country will play an important role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.... [read more]

At a meeting in Bangkok on September 2, Vietnamese ambassador Nguyen Duy Hung highlighted Vietnam’s achievements over the past 63 years, especially during the Doi Moi (Renewal) process. He affirmed that Vietnam-Thailand relations are developing well in all fields for mutual benefit and the common development of the region and the world. Meanwhile, Vietnamese ambassador to France Le Kinh Tai met with more than 400 international visitors and overseas Vietnamese in France during a get-together on September 2.While making his address, ambassador Tai reviewed the country’s major achievements over the past years, especially during its international integration. Mr Tai expressed his delight at the fine development of Vietnamese-French relations in all fields through many cooperative programmes.... [read more]

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