Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had separate meetings with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok on June 22.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in Bangkok, Thailand, June 22, 2019. Photo: VGP |
At the meeting with his Thai counterpart, PM Phuc once again congratulated Prayut Chan-o-cha on his election as the Prime Minister of Thailand.
The two PMs expressed their satisfaction over the sound development, closeness and increasing trust of the bilateral relations in the recent past, agreeing to jointly build an action program to create a foundation for the practical, effective and comprehensive implementation of the Viet Nam-Thailand strategic partnership in the new period.
They agreed to join hands to push the implementation of bilateral cooperation mechanisms in 2019, especially the fourth joint cabinet meeting in Viet Nam.
The PMs affirmed their determination to further promote bilateral trade and economic ties to realise the goal of 20 billion USD in two-way trade in 2020 with more balanced trade between the two countries.
They also emphasized the importance of increasing connectivity between Viet Nam and Thailand as well as with other countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) through road and waterway connectivity projects to serve cooperation in trade, transportation, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges between the regional countries.
PM Phuc thanked Thailand for its warm welcome and expressed his belief that Thailand will successfully take over the role of ASEAN Chair in 2019 and make active contributions to building a strong, united, self-reliant and sustainable ASEAN Community.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Bangkok, Thailand, June 22, 2019. Photo: VGP |
While meeting with the Indonesian leader, PM Phuc congratulated Joko Widodo on his re-election as the President of Indonesia.
The two leaders reiterated their determination to implement effectively an action programme to realise the Viet Nam-Indonesia strategic partnership in 2018-2023 as well as agreements reached during the State visit to Viet Nam by President Widodo in September 2018.
They agreed to increase the exchange of all-level delegations through all channels, while promoting people-to-people exchanges in a bid to reinforce the bilateral friendship, mutual understanding and trust.
The two leaders also affirmed the resolve to boost bilateral cooperation in economy, trade and investment to match with their potential and positions.
PM Phuc suggested the two nations make it easier for each other’s exports of goods and restrict the application of trade barriers.
The two leaders emphasized the significance of marine cooperation and agreed to join hands to implement effectively relevant contents in this field in the 2018-2023 action program, including the promotion of negotiations and delimitation of exclusive economic zones between the two countries.
The Vietnamese PM asked Indonesia handle appropriately issues relating to Vietnamese fishermen and fishing boats in the spirit of friendship, humanity, and in line with international law and practices.
PM Phuc and President Joko Widodo also exchanged views on some regional and international issues of mutual concern. They agreed to strengthen coordination at multilateral forums, especially of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations (UN), in 2020 when both countries are non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.