Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung and Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Thailand Thani Thongphakdi exchanged views on cooperation between the two countries and ministries, along with regional and international issues of shared concern, during their online talks on February 24.
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) –
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of
Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung and Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs of
Thailand Thani Thongphakdi exchanged views on cooperation between the two
countries and ministries, along with regional and international issues of shared
concern, during their online talks on February 24.
Dung thanked the Thai government for facilitating
flights bringing Vietnamese citizens home, and supporting those who are
studying and living in Thailand.
He suggested Thailand limit trade barriers, exchange information
about export-import regulations and procedures, and further support and closely
cooperate with Vietnam in regional and international organisations and forums.
Thani congratulated Vietnam on the
successful organisation of the 13th National Congress of the
Communist Party of Vietnam, and its outstanding performance of the ASEAN Chairmanship
Thailand attaches importance to and has worked to continuously
consolidate and strengthen the fine bilateral friendship, the official said.
Vietnam has become a model in the COVID-19 combat worldwide,
he said, stressing that Thailand will continue its close coordination with
Vietnam in fighting the pandemic and reviving supply chains, as well as in the
efforts to access safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.
Thailand also backs initiatives put forth by Vietnam in
its capacity as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
The two sides agreed to deepening the enhanced
strategic partnership between Vietnam and Thailand in an effective manner, increase the exchange of all-level visits, and maintain bilateral cooperation
Vietnam and Thailand will work together to organise
activities celebrating the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year, sign an action programme implementing the enhanced
strategic partnership, and a cooperation agreement between the two foreign ministries
They have also targeted a balanced trade and set a goal of 20 billion USD in bilateral
trade revenue a year in the coming time.
The two countries will continue their close collaboration
within sub-regional cooperation frameworks, and in building the ASEAN
Community, and accelerating the ratification and implementation of the Regional
Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement.
Regarding the East Sea issues, the officials shared
the views that ASEAN needs to maintain its solidarity, common voice and centrality,
while persistently pursuing agreed principles, and promoting the observance of
international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)./.