PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng pays official visit to Thailand
08:35 | 21/12/2006
VNGOVNet – A solemn reception was held in honor of PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng at 5.45 PM of December 20 at the Thai Government building.

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After the reception, Thai PM Surayud Chaulanont and PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng had talks. The two PMs showed their gladness that for 30 years since the establishment of the two countries’ diplomatic ties (1976-2006), the Vietnam-Thailand relationship has developed well. Cooperation between the two countries has been increasingly expanded and deepened. Building on these preconditions, the leaders of the two countries agreed to further promote their economic and trade cooperation in line with each country’s potentialities and desires, encourage Vietnamese and Thai enterprises to enhance trade and investment to increase bilateral trade turnover to US$5 billion in the next few years. The two PMs displayed their consensus in furthering the implementation of the Common Declaration on the Framework for Vietnam-Thailand Cooperation in the first decade of the 21st century; continuing the exchange of high-ranking delegations between ministries, sectors and localities of the two countries; further boosting cooperation in epidemic prevention (especially bird flu and the foot and mouth disease), agriculture, transport, tourism, and calamity prevention; increasing the effectiveness of cooperation in advantageous fields, such as export of rice and aqua-products; and enhancing cooperation and collaboration in judicial affairs.

After the talks, the two sides signed the Common Declaration on Security Viewpoints between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Common Declaration on Economic Partnership Strategy between the Vietnamese and Thai Governments.

PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng also received US$ 50,000 as a gift from the Thai Government to Durian-stricken Vietnamese victims.

Previously, after landing Bangkok, PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng had paid a courtesy visit to Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

In the morning of December 20, PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng attended the inauguration of the Friendship Bridge 2. Started in 2003, after 36-month construction, the 16m-wide and 1,600m-long bridge was finished with a total fund of US$70 million from the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). This is an important project on the East-West Corridor, running from Myanmar through the 19-province Northeast of Thailand and Southern Laos to Central Vietnam. Commodities can now travel from Northeast Thailand and Laos via the Lao Bảo Border-gate in Quảng Trị Province of Vietnam and along Vietnamese Highway 1 to Đà Nẵng Port, 500 km shorter than via the route to Thailand’s Lenchabang Port.

By Xuân Hồng

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