The journalist associations of Vietnam and Thailand have agreed to continue strengthening and reinforcing their cooperation in the field, looking towards building a sustainable friendship.

The agreement was reached at a ceremony held on November 15 in Bangkok to mark the 20th founding anniversary of bilateral cooperation, which has helped tighten the partnership between the two countries.

Chairman of the Vietnam Journalists Association (VJA) Thuan Huu highlighted the event as an important milestone in their cooperation, for the sake of the press and the public demand for information.

Both Vietnam and Thailand’s press are contributing to the building of a peaceful, stable and thriving Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the establishment of ASEAN Community by 2015, said Minister for the Thai Prime Minister’s Office Warathep Rattanakorn.

Recalling the consensus reached by both countries in elevating their relations to the strategic partnership during the Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to Thailand, Rattanakorn affirmed that the relationship between the two journalists associations will help promote bilateral cooperation in economics, politics, security and culture.

Targeting future sustainable friendship will enable Vietnam and Thailand to consolidate and advance their relationship as set by both leaders, stressed Chairman of the Thai Journalists Association (TJA) Vichai Valaphol.

An official member of the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists (CAJ), the VJA has nearly 20,000 members working in media agencies nationwide.

It has also expanded ties of friendship and cooperation with regional and international press agencies, especially those from Asia and ASEAN, including Thailand.-VNA