PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng visits Cambodia, Laos and Thailand
11:00 | 18/12/2006
VNGOVNet – At the invitations of Cambodian PM Samdech Hunsen, Lao PM Buasone Bouphavanh and Thai PM Surayud Chulanont, on December 18, PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng and a senior delegation from the Vietnamese Government have left Hanoi for their separate official visits to the Kingdom of Cambodia on December 18-19, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on December 19-20, and the Kingdom of Thailand on December 20-21. PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng will attend the inauguration of the Friendship Bridge over the Mekong River connecting Savanakhet Province (Laos) and Mudahan Province (Thailand) on December 20, 2006.

The visits come against the background of regional and international integration taking hold in Southeast Asia. As an act of courtesy by the newly sworn-in leader to the common practice of ASEAN countries, the visits are also aimed to strengthen the relations with these countries and renew Vietnam’s commitment to promoting cooperation with its neighbors and regional countries in its foreign policy. The trip will involve discussions on orientations and measures to solidify cooperation on many aspects between Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos and Thailand as well as sharing opinions on regional and international issues of common concern.

The PM's attendance at the opening ceremony of the Bridge will be a highlight of the trip as once put to traffic, the bridge will not only serve Laos and Thailand but also helps shorten the distance between Vietnam and Thailand, facilitating the movement of people and goods among the three countries and contributing to the prosperity of each country and the region as a whole./.

By Xuân Hồng

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