Vietnam, Thailand issue joint statement, affirming resolve to elevate ties

Vietnam and Thailand agreed to enhance defense cooperation, intelligence information sharing, and training assistance, according to a joint statement issued following Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc's visit to Thailand from Thursday to Saturday.

Both sides will negotiate agreements on extradition and mutual assistance in criminal matters. They reiterated the commitment of not allowing any individuals or organizations to use this country's territory to carry out activities sabotaging the other country. The two Prime Ministers vowed to raise bilateral trade to 20 billion USD before 2020. They agreed to increase transport connectivity through multiple means between the two countries and within the Greater Mekong Subregion such as a bus route linking Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, a coastal transport route connecting Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, and air routes linking Vietnam and Thailand. They reiterated the importance of maintaining peace, security and stability as well as navigation safety and freedom in the East Sea. The Prime Ministers urged parties concerned to fully and efficiently implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and reaffirmed their support for ASEAN and China to soon achieve a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Source: VOV5