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Vietnam premier to seek support for sustainable use of Mekong River water resource

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:31 GMT+7
Vietnam premier to seek support for sustainable use of Mekong River water resource
A screen capture of the Asian Development Bank's website highlights the 5th Greater Mekong Subregion Summit that will wrap on December 20, 2014.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is attending the 5th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit in Thailand, where he will call for international support for efforts to ensure the sustainable management and use of the Mekong River water resource.     The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs released the information on Friday, when PM Dung arrived in Bangkok for the summit slated for opening on Saturday. The event will be a good opportunity for Vietnam to strengthen its strategic cooperation with Thailand, the ministry said. Vietnam already worked with related countries on incorporating some contents, which ensure its national interests, into the GMS’s joint statement that will be issued at the summit, said Nguyen Minh Duc, head of the department for international economic cooperation, under the Vietnamese foreign ministry. These contents are dedicated to the protection of the environment and water resources, Duc said. The premier’s attendance at the 5th GMS shows Vietnam’s respect for the summit’s mechanism and affirms the country’s determination to promote sub-regional links as well as its friendly relations with other nations in the sub-region, Pham Thu Hang, deputy spokesperson of the Vietnamese foreign ministry said on Friday. PM Dung is joining the two-day event at the invitation of his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha.

An official meeting between the Vietnamese premier and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was scheduled to take place at 8:00 am on Saturday at Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok.

The Vietnamese government leader delivered a speech at the opening session of the 5th GMS that opened at 9:00 am today.   

PM Dung later gave another speech at a closed-door meeting at 11:15 am.

The PM is scheduled to attend the debut ceremony for the VietJet Thailand joint venture in the afternoon the same day. He will also meet with the presidents of the Amata VN Public Company Limited and the Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT).

He will visit the Vietnamese Embassy and meet representatives of the Vietnamese community in Thailand before returning to Vietnam later today.

Established in 1992 as the initiative of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the GMS consists of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and China’s Yunnan and Guangxi provinces. The 2014 summit will wrap up today after one working day and a Friday devoted to guest receptions.

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