Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (right) meets Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Nguyen Hai Bang on January 31. (Photo: VNA)

Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand thanks the Vietnamese government for facilitating Thai investors doing business in Vietnam, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Hai Bang who paid him a courtesy visit in Bangkok on January 31.

At the meeting, the Thai leader congratulated Vietnam’s U23 football team on their second place at the AFC U23 Championship, making history for Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

This is the best point ever for the Vietnam – Thailand Strategic Partnership which is enjoying development in all fields, the PM said. He expressed his delight that the ministries of two nations will co-chair meetings of the joint trade committee and the joint committee on bilateral cooperation to prepare for the fourth Vietnam-Thailand Joint Cabinet Retreat in Vietnam this year.

The PM wants the two countries to continue working closely to tackle illegal fishing and step up cooperation in exporting farm products like rice and rubber to stablise prices and avoid fierce competition. He lauded Vietnam’s efforts to tackle illegal fishing in foreign waters and urged stronger actions from both sides to prevent their boats from illegally fishing in each other’s waters.

He also said looks forward to the two sides together with Laos and Cambodia strengthening maritime and overland connectivity.

He affirmed that Thailand will create good conditions for made-in-Vietnam goods to enter its market and welcomes Vietnamese living in the country.

Ambassador Bang, for his part, thanked the government of Thailand and the PM for their effort to bolster the two countries’ relations in all fields, including economics, defence and security and labour affairs.

He reiterated Vietnam will do its utmost to put illegal fishing to an end and hoped Thailand will treat Vietnamese fishermen with humanity.

Bang also hoped PM Prayut to participate in the Greater Mekong Subregion Summit in Hanoi in March.-VNA