Permanent Secretary of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow is now paying a visit to Vietnam to co-chair the second political consultation between the two foreign ministries.

On August 24, the Thai diplomat paid a courtesy visit to Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, who said he is pleased with fine development in the two countries’ bilateral cooperation in various fields, including politics-diplomacy, defence-security, and trade-investment.

Minh expressed his wish that in the coming year, Thailand will send many delegations to Vietnam .

Sihasak Phuangketkeow spoke highly of the effective implementation of bilateral cooperation mechanisms, including the meeting of the Vietnam-Thailand Joint Committee on Trade Cooperation in Hanoi in July and that of the Vietnam-Thailand Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation in Hua Hin earlier this month.

With the two foreign ministries’ close cooperation, the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Thailand will continue to strongly develop in the future, including the organisation of the second joint cabinet meeting, he said.

Exchanging views on international and regional issues, the two sides pledged to promote ASEAN’s six-point principle on the East Sea and coordinate in accelerating discussions with China on a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

They also vowed to closely cooperate with other ASEAN countries in regional cooperation mechanisms, ensuring the upcoming ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh a success.

The same day, Sihasak Phuangketkeow and Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Vinh co-chaired the second political consultation meeting between the two foreign ministries./VNA