Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung discussed with his Lao and Thai counterparts ways to boost bilateral ties and exchange international and regional issues of mutual concern at separate meetings on May 7 on the sidelines of the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia.

In his meeting with Lao PM Thoongsing Thammavong, the two PMs agreed on the significance of the 33rd session of the Vietnam-Laos Joint Government Committee to bilateral relationship.

The two Government leaders reached consensus on furthering joint coordination in implementing the 2011-2010 cooperation strategy and the cooperation agreements for 2011 and 2011-2015.

PM Thoongsing Thammavong informed Dung of Laos’ decision to temporarily suspend the Sayabouri hydropower project.

PM Dung thanked the Lao Party and Government for this important decision, saying that the decision reflected the cooperation and deep consideration of the Lao Party and Government to Vietnam’s proposal.

The two leaders agreed to instruct relevant agencies to conduct joint research within the framework of the Mekong Commission with the possible participation of experienced and prestigious international scientists to seek firm scientific ground for future decisions regarding the issue.

Vietnam wants to join Laos and Mekong countries, including upstream countries of China and Myanmar in exploiting the river in a sustainable manner for the interest of each nation and the whole region, said Dung.

During his meeting with Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, both sides expressed pleasure with the development in their friendship and bilateral cooperation in all areas in recent years, agreeing to maintain and promote all existing mechanisms in bilateral ties to promote multi-sided cooperation, especially in economics, trade and investment.

They discussed cooperation in management and sustainable use of water of the Mekong River.

PM Dung said Vietnam supports development and respects the right of exploiting the Mekong River’s potential of countries along the river to serve socio-economic development, raising the people’s living conditions.

But, he said, the development needs harmony and does not cause negative impacts on the development of countries along the river, especially lower basin nations.

The two PMs agreed that member countries of the Mekong River Commission should coordinate to study in a comprehensive manner to assess impacts of hydro-power projects on the Mekong River’s main stream and reach a consensus before deciding construction of projects on the river.

Regarding the border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia, PM Dung stressed as a neighbour of both countries and a fellow ASEAN member, Vietnam welcomes the two sides ceasefire and continuation of implementing commitments made at the unofficial ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting in Jakarta on Feb. 22, including the dispatch of Indonesian observers to the border area.

Vietnam will continue to make positive contributions to the process, PM Dung affirmed./.