Ceremony spotlights growth of Vietnam – Thailand relations hinh anh 1Vietnamese Consul General in Khon Kaen Chu Duc Dung (R) and Governor of Nakhon Phanom Chathip Ruchanaseri exchange keepsakes at the event (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Consulate General in Thailand’s Khon Kaen together with the association of Thai people of Vietnamese origin in Nakhon Phanom province held a ceremony on October 22 to mark the 45th anniversary of the nations’ diplomatic relations (August 6, 1976 – 2021).

The event, taking place at the Vietnam-Thailand friendship village in Nachok village, Muang district, Nakhon Phanom, featured a photo exhibition on late Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh and the 45-year ties as well as a trade fair showcasing Vietnamese and Thai products.

Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Consul General in Khon Kaen Chu Duc Dung stated Vietnam and Thailand have made efforts together to strengthen their practical relations across all fields as well as foster their friendship, cooperation, and mutual trust and respect in a fair and win-win manner.

Thailand is the 9th biggest foreign investor out of 139 countries and territories investing in Vietnam and is Vietnam's largest trading partner in ASEAN.

Dung recalled a phone conversation between the Vietnamese and Thai Prime Ministers in May, during which the leaders agreed to boost effective and practical bilateral cooperation with an aim to push the bilateral trade up to 25 billion USD in 2025.         

He affirmed with the nations’ high political trust, efforts, strengths and potential, their ties will continue to grow stronger.

Governor of Nakhon Phanom Chathip Ruchanaseri expressed his belief in the development of the Vietnam – Thailand friendship, adding that Nakhon Phanom, home to large number of Vietnamese-Thai people, has implemented a series of activities to boost its friendship with Vietnamese localities across the sectors of education, culture, trade, investment and tourism, among others.

Supachai Phosu, Second Deputy speaker of Thailand’s House of Representatives, said the nations share a long-standing relationship which has been upgraded to enhanced strategic partnership.

He noted Thai people of Vietnamese origin, particularly those living in Nakhon Phanom, have integrated deeply into Thailand in economy, trade and politics, among other aspects.

The official suggested Vietnam and Thailand seek orientations and dialogue mechanisms for socio-economic development and facilitation of travel and trade between them amid COVID-19.

On the occasion, the general association of Vietnamese-Thai people in Thailand donated 250,000 THB (7,500 USD) to the renovation of the memorial site for President Ho Chi Minh in Nachok village, which was built to commemorate the President’s revolutionary activities in the province./.
VNA