President Tran Dai Quang (R) and Thai Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn (Source: ​VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang has affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of attaching importance to the strategic partnership with Thailand and expressed his wish for the ties to have new progresses.

The head of State made the remarks at a reception for Thai Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn in Hanoi on July 28, who is in Vietnam to attend the “Thai Cultural Days” programme marking the 40 th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties (August 6).

He used the occasion to thank Thailand for its 100,000 USD aid package to support Vietnam’s southern localities struck by drought and saltwater intrusion.

The leader suggested the two countries step up their bilateral cooperation as well as their collaboration with other countries and international organisations to manage and use the Mekong River ’s water resources in a sustainable and effective manner, and in accordance with international practice, thus ensuring interests of countries at the lower reach of the river.

He underscored the need for the two sides to actively implement the joint statement of the third Vietnam-Thailand Cabinet Meeting, the plan of action realising the bilateral strategic partnership for 2014-2018, and bilateral cooperative mechanisms, with attention paid to scheduling the third meeting of the Vietnam-Thailand Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation.

President Tran Dai Quang called for joint efforts to set forth specific measures to fruitfully put into place the action programme on Vietnam-Thailand trade and investment for 2015-2016, gearing towards a two-way trade value of 20 billion USD in 2020.

The two countries should continue actualising their defence cooperation agreement and swiftly implement deputy ministerial-level dialogues between their defence ministries, as well as between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the Thai Royal Police, he said.

The President proposed increasing the use of a hotline between the two countries’ naval forces to promptly settle maritime issues, including incidents relating to their fishermen, which, he said, should be resolved in the humanitarian spirit, the strategic partnership and the friendship between their people.

The Vietnamese State will create the best possible conditions for Thai investors and businesses to operate in the country and encourage Thai investments in tourism, garment-textile, food, farm produce and chemicals, he said.

He suggested the two countries continue their close coordination with Laos and Cambodia to accelerate the construction of the Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam coastal transport route and launch bus services linking Vietnam with its two neighbours of Thailand and Laos .

Regarding the East Sea issue, President Tran Dai Quang appreciated Thailand’s position on valuing peace, stability and sustainable development in the waters and stressing the need to fully and effectively effectuate the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and work towards the early formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

He noted his wish that Thailand , as an important ASEAN member, will enhance its coordination with Vietnam and other ASEAN member countries to maintain the bloc’s common stance on the issue in order to ensure peace, stability, and maritime security and safety in the East Sea .

For his part, Tanasak Patimapragorn affirmed that Thailand stands ready to join hands with Vietnam across fields, thus contributing to strengthening ASEAN’s intra-bloc affiliation.

He described cultural, tourism and sport collaboration as a spotlight in the bilateral ties and stressed Thailand’s views to address maritime issues in the spirit of the strategic partnership and through diplomatic channels between the two countries’ competent agencies and the respective embassies.-VNA