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UAE and Thai Foreign Minister co-chair first joint committee meeting

posted on 14/05/2016: 1985 views

BANGKOK: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Don Pramudwinai, Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs, co-chaired the first meeting of the UAE-Thai Joint Committee, which was held in Bangkok yesterday.

In a statement he made at the beginning of the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah expressed UAE's keenness to strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation with Thailand and thanked the Foreign Minister and members of the Thai delegation for hosting the first meeting in their country.

"The UAE and Thailand enjoy deep-rooted and excellent relations that formally started 40 years ago. We seek through this joint committee to exchange views on different issues of mutual interest and to explore opportunities for joint investments and projects. We look forward to increasing cooperation in all domains," he said.

Sheikh Abdullah noted that the rapid economic changes witnessed yesterday, make it necessary for the two countries to step up their cooperation to serve their mutual interests..

He indicated that the UAE's investments in Thailand help boost economic cooperation and increase bilateral trade. he called on the Thai side to identify solutions for the challenges facing Emirati companies in Thailand.

Sheikh Abdullah also referred to the increasing number of flights between the UAE and Thailand, currently standing at 98 flights a week, including, 91 by UAE national carriers.

According to Sheikh Abdullah, the number of Thai tourists visiting the UAE reached 30,000 in 2015, indicating a significant increase in tourism exchange.

Sheikh Abdullah lauded the agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) signed between the two countries.

Don Pramudwinai, Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs, welcomed Sheikh Abdullah and described his visit to Thailand as a precursor for a new era in the ties between the two countries.

Sheikh Abdullah and his Thai counterpart signed the minutes of the first joint committee meeting, as well as an MOU on establishing a committee for political consultations.

The meeting was attended by Khalid Ghanim Al Ghaith, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Economic Affairs, Saif Abdullah Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Thailand, Ahmed Alham Al Dhaheri, Assistant under-secretary for Consular Affairs, Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director of the Asia Pacific Affairs at the ministry, representatives of concerned ministries and other entities and senior officials.

Earlier, sheikh Abdullah and Don Pramudwinai held a meeting to discuss bilateral relations and ways to enhance them.

They exchanged views on current regional and international developments. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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