President Tran Duc Luong on Tuesday described closer bilateral
ties between Viet Nam and Thailand as a positive contribution
to the regions peace, stability, co-operation and development.
Talking in Ha Noi with the visiting president of Thailands
Privy Council, General Prem Tinsulanonda, the Vietnamese president
said the two countries improved co-ordination at multilateral
forums was also helpful to advancing the regions interests.
Luong said Viet Nam always paid due attention to strengthening
friendship and mutually beneficial co-operation with neighbouring
countries, including Thailand.
He told Prem that he was delighted with the successful implementation
of many co-operation programmes and projects in investment, trade
He lauded the concern shown by Thailands King Bhumibol Adulyadej,
his wife and the Thai Government towards constantly consolidating
friendly and co-operative ties with Viet Nam.
The president also expressed his hope that Prems Viet Nam
visit would further boost bilateral relations.
President Luong asked Prem to convey his best wishes to Thailands
king, his wife and the Thai royal family, and formally invited
the Thai king and his wife to pay an official visit to Viet Nam.
The Thai Privy Council president told President Luong that he
was very pleased to be in Viet Nam for his first official visit.
He noted the excellent development of ties between the two countries,
and praised Viet Nams greater profile in the regional and
world arenas, particularly since joining the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN).
He said Viet Nams links with ASEAN member countries, particularly
Thailand, had developed strongly. This
had not only been of mutual benefit to each side, but had advanced
the cause of regional peace, stability, co-operation and development.
General Prem told President Luong that he greatly appreciated
the efforts of Thailand and Viet Nam to enhance their bilateral
and multilateral ties at regional forums such as ASEAN, Asia-Europe
Meeting (ASEM) and Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC).
Prem was scheduled to conclude his four-day visit to Viet Nam
on Thursday. VNS