Vietnam and Thailand will preserve and effectively develop bilateral mechanisms to deepen their cooperative relations.

This was confirmed by Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem and Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya at their talks in Hanoi on March 23.

The two sides expressed their belief that bilateral ties would further prosper in the future, contributing to each country’s development.

They agreed to urge their ministries, agencies and localities to work together to successfully celebrate the 35 th anniversary of diplomatic ties on August 6.

Deputy PM Khiem expressed his hope that the Thai Foreign Minister’s visit would contribute to bolstering friendship and multifaceted relations between the two countries.

For his part, the Thai Foreign Minister spoke highly of Vietnam for its role as ASEAN Chair in 2010, expressing his delight at achievements the two sides recorded in multilateral forums.

He also took the occasion to inform his host about progress over recent conflicts in the Thailand-Cambodia border.

Deputy PM Khiem affirmed that Vietnam welcomed the two neighbours’ agreement to hold meetings of the Cambodia-Thailand General Border Committee and Joint Border Committee on Demarcation of Land Boundary, Indonesia on April 7 and 8.

Vietnam always desires that Thailand and Cambodia will continue to deal with their conflicts through peaceful negotiations, on the basis of fundamental principles of international law, the UN Chapter and in the spirit of friendship and solidarity in the bloc, for the benefit of the two countries’ people, and for peace, stability, cooperation in the region and the world at large, he stressed.

Both host and guest committed to continue their cooperation at regional and international forums, contributing to raising ASEAN’s position in the world arena./.