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Vietnam, Thailand strive to lift cooperation

Vietnam and Thailand agreed to strive for two-way trade turnover of US$15 billion by 2020 at the first session of the Vietnam-Thailand Joint Commission on Bilateral cooperation in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul chaired the meeting, in which the two sides discussed bilateral cooperation in politics, trade, investment, transport, agro-forestry and fisheries, culture, education, tourism and labour.

They agreed to develop the strategic partnership established in June, to maintain exchanges of visits by high-ranking officials and to promote people-to-people exchanges with the aim of bolstering friendship and mutual understanding.

The two sides also planned to entrust relevant agencies to study measures that could boost agro-forestry and fishery cooperation and to increase co-ordination on issues relating to fishermen and vessels encroaching on the water areas of each country.

The two ministries agreed to approve the Vietnam-Thailand Action Programme for 2014-18, which will be signed at the upcoming third joint cabinet meeting between Vietnam and Thailand.

They pledged to continue implementing the national defense cooperation agreement signed between the two countries last September and the joint declaration on a Thailand-Vietnam Security Vision for the 2012-16 period.

Regarding the East Sea issue, the two sides agreed to cooperate for peace, stability and security in the region.

The two sides stressed the importance of dealing with disputes by peaceful measures in line with international laws, particularly the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

They promised to cooperate to promote the signing of the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

The second session of the joint commission will be held in 2014.On the same day, Minh met Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. He thanked the Thai government and people for supporting the Vietnamese community in Thailand.

The Thai PM said the first session of the joint commission would foster the strategic partnership between the two countries. She hoped they would cooperate more to increase exchanges of commodities.

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