Thailand and Vietnam have affirmed determination to advance the “Strengthened Strategic Partnership” in all dimensions and to work closely together toward the post-COVID economic recovery.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Thani Thongphakdi held a virtual introductory meeting with Mr. Nguyen Quoc Dzung, Deputy Foreign Minister of Vietnam, on 24 February 2021.
Both sides looked forward to the convening of the 4th Joint Cabinet Retreat (JCR) later this year to push forward cooperation in various areas and to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Thailand-Vietnam diplomatic relations.
The Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs asked the Vietnamese side to continue to support Thai investors in Vietnam, emphasizing their constructive role in the economic and social development in Vietnam.
He also proposed the idea of a bilateral MRA (Mutual Recognition Agreement) for automotive products to further strengthen supply chain connectivity between the two countries’ automotive industries.
Both sides exchanged views on ways to enhance cooperation in the Mekong sub-region, including the early implementation of Greater Mekong Sub-region Cross Border Transport Agreement (GMS CBTA) and the strengthening of the Mekong River Commission (MRC). Thailand also commended Vietnam for its successful ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department