Vietnam, Thailand agree to boost rice export cooperation

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The prime ministers of Vietnam and Thailand agreed Wednesday to boost cooperation in potential areas like agriculture, seafood farming, human resource development and rice export.

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra visited Vietnam on Wednesday afternoon in her first ASEAN tour since she took office in August.

During their meeting, PM Dung said Vietnam encourages Thai businesses to invest in the country, especially in central provinces, and to engage in projects along the East-West Corridor. 

The two leaders discussed bilateral, regional and international issues in the meeting.

They pledged to strengthen cooperation to improve the effectiveness of the  cooperation mechanism in the Mekong subregion and to ensure the sustainable use of Mekong River water resources.

The same day, President Truong Tan Sang received the Thai PM and praised her visit as a demonstration of the two countries' neighboring relationship.

Yingluck was admitted to a Thai hospital early Tuesday with diarrhea due to food poisoning, but she did not cancel her one-day introductory visit to Vietnam.

A physician and a nurse accompanied her on the trip.

She apologized to PM Dung for not attending an evening banquet, as she had not fully recovered from food poisoning.

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