Minister of National Defence Gen. Phan Van Giang (R) receives Thai Ambassador Nikonrndej Balankura in Hanoi on November 18. (Photo: VNA)
– Vietnam always attaches importance to its relations with neighbouring and ASEAN countries, including
comprehensive cooperation with Thailand, Minister of National Defence General Phan Van Giang said at a reception for newly-appointed Thai
Ambassador to Vietnam Nikonrndej Balankura in Hanoi on November 18.
Giang expressed his delight at the growing relationship between Vietnam and Thailand in all fields from economy, trade and culture to
defence and security.
He spoke highly of the Thai government's efforts in effectively
controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, and lauded the role, position and positive contributions of
Thailand in regional issues, especially in cooperation mechanisms within the
Giang expressed his hope that Thailand will continue to promote its role in
strengthening intra-bloc unity, maintaining ASEAN’s central role and
building the ASEAN Community, while coordinating with other ASEAN member
countries in maintaining the bloc's common stance on regional issues and in ensuring peace, stability, adherence to international law, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea.
The minister affirmed that over the years, defence
ties between Vietnam and Thailand have been maintained and reinforced,
bringing practical efficiency, with the focus placed on the exchange of delegations, especially
The two countries have effectively maintained cooperation
mechanisms such as defence policy dialogue, joint working group on military-defence
cooperation, bilateral naval consultation, and joint working group on air force
cooperation, as well as collaboration among armed services and strategic research
Giang hoped that the Thai ambassador will continue paying due attention to promoting ties between the two countries, including defence cooperation,
thus contributing to deepening the Vietnam-Thailand intensive strategic partnership
for the interests of both countries and the region.
For his part, Nikonrndej congratulated Vietnam on
successfully controlling COVID-19, and thanked the Ministry of National Defence of Vietnam for
creating the best conditions for Thailand’s defence attaché to completing all assigned tasks.
He pledged to work hard to promote the relations between the
two countries in a deeper and stronger manner in all fields, including defence cooperation. He
underlined that defence and security will continue to be a pillar for the
development of the bilateral strategic partnership./.