Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu on March 29 received First Vice President of the Thai Legislative Assembly Surachai Liengboonlertchai, who is in Hanoi to attend the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU-132).

Welcoming the Thai delegation’s participation in the IPU-132, the Vice Chairman underlined Vietnam’s continual intensification of its friendship and cooperation with Thailand while lauding the significant progress in their multi-faceted collaboration, especially after the establishment of the strategic partnership in June 2013 and the signing of an action programme on the implementation of the partnership for 2014-2018.

As Vietnam and Thailand celebrate 40 years of their diplomatic ties in 2016, Uong Chu Luu said he hopes both sides will work together to mark the event with practical activities, effectively carry out the abovementioned action programme, increase delegation exchanges, and tighten linkages in economics, labour, tourism, culture, agriculture, and transport.

The official also valued Thailand’s efforts as the country coordinator for the ASEAN-China dialogue relations. He asked the country to continue working with other ASEAN countries to settle East Sea-related issues peacefully in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and conduct substantive talks on a code of conduct in the waters.

For his part, the Thai parliamentarian said the two countries are working on a labour cooperation agreement to create a legal framework for affiliation in the field.

He hoped bilateral friendship and strategic partnership will grow vigorously to benefit their peoples and contribute to regional and international peace, stability, and prosperity.-VNA