ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
March 25, 2008
Thailand's new prime minister Samak Sundaravej met his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung on Monday and witnessed the signing of an agreement designed to stop human trafficking between the two countries.
The two leaders conferred regarding increased cooperation in trade, foreign investment, education, health and transportation, according to Vietnam News Agency (VNA).
Prime Minister Samak and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung witnessed the signing of a pact focusing especially of women and children, which international agencies say is growing not only in Asean states, but in other parts of the world.
Thailand and Vietnam established diplomatic relations in 1976, and mutual trade reached nearly $5 billion in 2007.
The Thai premier's visit to Vietnam is the fifth leg of his tour of Southeast Asian countries to introduce himself and to strengthen relations with the 10-member Asean grouping after he took office following the December 2007 general election.
He visited Laos, Cambodia, Singapore and Myanmar earlier this month.
Samak is to visit Indonesia on Tuesday and Wednesday, and travel to the Philippines and Brunei in early April.