Prime Minister holds sidelile bilateral meetings

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held bilateral meetings with his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha and Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah on the sidelide of the 30th ASEAN Summit.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the 30th ASEAN Summit (Source: VNA)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the 30th ASEAN Summit (Source: VNA)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha reached the agreement during a bilateral meeting in Manila on April 29th on the sidelines of the 30th ASEAN Summit.

At the meeting, the two PMs said they are pleased that the Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership has progressed well and agreed to resolve their outstanding problems in the upcoming joint cabinet meeting.

In addition, the two sides agreed to work towards a trade balance and enhanced investment cooperation in which Thai investors will assist their peers from Vietnam.

Phuc urged the effective implementation of the action programme to carry out the Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership for the 2014-2018 period and established cooperation mechanisms in line with increase in high-level exchange of visits.

He proposed Vietnam and Thailand hold negotiations on bilateral agreements in criminal extradition and judicial assistance.

He also suggested the two countries establish a hotline for settlement of maritime incidents.

In terms of ASEAN cooperation, the leaders shared the view on prioritizing the building of unity in the bloc and promoting ASEAN’s central role. They agreed that ASEAN should enhance coordination of positions and viewpoints on regional security and strategic issues, including the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and pushing for real progress in negotiating the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

The Thai PM invited his Vietnamese counterpart to visit Thailand.

Besides, durring the meeting with Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, the two leaders agreed to further enhance bilateral partnership in trade, industry, agriculture and tourism at their meeting on April 29th

They agreed to continue exchanges of high-level delegations and work together to improve operation of the Vietnam-Brunei Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation, the two countries’ joint naval working group and other bilateral cooperation mechanisms.

PM Phuc hoped Brunei will promote investment in Vietnam, particularly in the fields of infrastructure development, energy, food processing for export, and oil and gas exploitation.

He also asked Bruinei to offer favourable conditions to Vietnamese investors to do business in oil and gas services, halal food and farming products in Brunei.

The 30th ASEAN Summit, under the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”, is expected to see the presence of leaders of the 10 ASEAN member countries. It is the first summit in 2017 under the Philippines’s ASEAN chairmanship


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