Hoang Binh Quan, a member of the CPV’s CentralCommittee and the Head of the CPVCC’s Commission for External Relations,said on meeting the media to announce the visit’s results.
Hesaid the visit has positively contributed to consolidating thepeaceful, sustainable and cooperative environment in Southeast Asia andthe building of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)Community by 2015.
The General Secretary’s visit reaffirmedthat Vietnam has always attached much importance to developing friendlyand cooperative relations with ASEAN member countries. With othermembers, the country is determined to build a united, strong andcoherent ASEAN Community for a peaceful, cooperative and developingSoutheast Asian region.
The General Secretary and theVietnamese high-ranking delegation had talks and meetings with theleaders of the Government, Parliament and the two largest parties ofThailand, helping the two countries’ leaders deepen their mutual trustand understanding.
The two sides were highly unanimous on theimportant directions and measures to enhance their mutual relations inthe time to come, discussing international and regional issues thatconcern both sides.
The two countries issued a joint statementon the decision to establish the Vietnam-Thailand StrategicPartnership, starting a new page in bilateral cooperation.
Thailand is the first ASEAN country to set up a strategic partnership with Vietnam.
During his visit, General Secretary Trong also had result-orientedmeetings with leaders of the ruling Pheu Thai Party and the DemocraticParty.
They discussed measures to strengthen therelationship between the Communist Party of Vietnam and Thailand’spolitical parties in the coming time, which will become a favourablepolitical basis for the two states’ relations, Quan recounted.
At the talks and meetings, the two sides exchanged their views onregional and international issues of mutual concern in an open andstraightforward manner.
They emphasised thenecessity to intensify the solidarity and cooperation within ASEAN andmaintain the association’s central role in the region.
They also highlighted the importance of maintaining peace andstability in the East Sea to ensure the prosperous and long-termdevelopment of the region.
Accordingly, the twocountries’ leaders asked relevant sides to avoid the use or threat offorce over the East Sea issue, solve disputes by peaceful means incompliance with international law, including the 1982 United NationsConvention on the Law of the Sea, the Declaration of the Conduct ofParties in the East Sea, and build the Code of Conduct in the East Sea.
The two sides were unanimous in reinforcing their cooperation in using and protecting Mekong River water resources.
In the coming time, Vietnam will boost cooperation and delegationexchanges at various levels between the two countries’ Parties,parliamentary bodies, peoples and localities, Quan told the press.
Ministries and branches will actively enhance cooperation withThailand’s relevant agencies in accordance with the Vietnam-Thailandjoint statement.
During his stay in Thailand,General Secretary Trong visited Nakhon Phanom province and met the localVietnamese community living there. He affirmed that the VietnameseParty and State always consider the Vietnamese community abroad as aninseparable part of the country and a driving force for Vietnamesepeople.-VNA