Vietnamese vice president visits Thailand this week

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BANGKOK, June 18- Vietnam’s Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan will officially visit Thailand on June 20-24 to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries, according to Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Madame Doan, as a guest of the Thai government, is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday.

The meeting is intended as an opportunity exchange ideas and views to further bilateral relations, cooperation and development as well as to foster strategic partnership in terms of politics, economies, society, culture and education.

During her official trip to the kingdom, the vice president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam will travel to Thailand’s northeastern provinces of Nakhon Phanom and Khon Kaen, where there are historical connections between Thailand and Indochina, and will meet with provincial governors.

In addition, Madame Doan is set to visit the Thai-Vietnamese Friendship Village and meet with the large Vietnamese community in Nakhon Phanom where Ho Chi Minh, father and first president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) from 1945 to 1969 and an iconic leader of the post-World War II anti-colonial movement in Asia.

Affectionately known to Vietnamese as Bac (Uncle) Ho, the Vietnamese independence leader visited Bangkok and lived in Nakhon Phanom in the late 1920s.