Dec 4, 2012

Vietnam - Vietnam, Thailand eye strategic partnership

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The Vietnamese National Assembly has given its full support to the transformation of bilateral ties between Vietnam and Thailand into a strategic partnership that will advance their developing relations in a more intense and practical manner.

The move will benefit the two peoples as well as peace, stability and development in the region.

National Assembly (NA) chairmperson Nguyen Sinh Hung made this declaration during talks with his Thai counterpart Somsak Kiatsuranont in Bangkok yesterday.

The Vietnamese leader said he was pleased with the recent development in relations between the two NAs, with the regular exchange of all-level delegations.

He said the two countries' parliamentarians have always consulted,co-operated and supported each other at regional and international inter-parliamentary forums such as the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum and the International Parliamentary Union.

Hung also declared that the Vietnamese NA is ready to co-operate with its Thai counterpart in promoting and supervising the implementation of agreements reached by the two governments, bringing practical and effective results to both sides.

Kiatsuranont expressed his wish that the two NAs and governments will continue strengthening cooperation in all aspects for the development and prosperity of each country.

Sharing strengths in rice production and export, Vietnam and Thailand should closely co-operate to become the region's leading countries in food security, he said.

During the talks, lawmakers from both countries agreed to further foster cooperation in culture, transport, education and rice production with each other and neighbours in the region.

They agreed to strengthen delegation exchanges and increase operations in the Vietnam-Thailand and Thailand-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Associations, to better bridge the sound friendship and cooperation between both countries.

Earlier the same day, Hung met with the President of the Thai Senate, Nikom Wairatpanich, during which the NA leader expressed his belief that the country would see further successes and play an increasingly important role in the region and the world.

In reply, Wairatpanich said he hoped the two national assemblies would continue to boost their mutual understanding.

He suggested that the two sides prioritise cooperation in key economic areas such as transport and agricultural production.

Wairatpanich also expressed his hope that Vietnam and Thailand would continue to promote their roles in forging connectivity in Asean for peace, development and mutual benefits.

Hung also had a meeting yesterday with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, during which he reiterated his belief that Thailand's initiative to lift the two countries' relations to the level of strategic partnership would benefit not only the two countries but Asean and the region as well.

Vietnam supports and believes that as the country coordinator of Asean-China relations, Thailand would make positive contributions in this regard, especially in the area of maritime cooperation.

PM Shinawatra said Chairman Hung's visit was especially important in promoting the two countries' cooperation to new heights and strengthening their friendship further.

She expressed her hope that the two countries' legislative bodies would continue to work towards a deeper and broader integration into the Asean Community by 2015, as committed by Asean members.

The same day, NA Chairman Hung received representatives from the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association and the President of the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarian Group.

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