Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh welcomed the new ambassadors of Thailand and Pakistan on separate occasions on March 28 in Hanoi.

Talking to Thai Ambassador Panyarak Poolthup, the Deputy PM said he hopes the situation in Thailand will be stabilised as soon as possible. He suggested that the two countries maintain high-level contacts and exchange of visits, as well as sign a plan of action to deploy their strategic partnership which was set up in November 2013 when the situation permits.

Deputy PM Minh also urged that the two countries make greater efforts to raise two-way trade to 15 billion USD in 2020 and soon sign cooperation agreements in the fields of labour, sports and science and technology.

At the same time, Vietnam and Thailand should continue to work closely at regional and international forums, he said.

In his reception for Pakistani Ambassador Zaigham Uddin Azam, Deputy PM Minh congratulated the Pakistani Government for the country’s socio-economic achievements. He said Vietnam and Pakistan should increase the exchange of visits and make the best use of available bilateral cooperative mechanisms to strengthen the two countries’ ties.

Minh proposed an early signing of new cooperative deals in the fields of security, culture and sports, as well as boosting two-way trade towards the goal of 500 million USD in the time to come.

The two ambassadors pledged to do their best to expand the friendly and cooperative relations between their respective countries and Vietnam.-VNA