UAE & Thailand Foreign Affairs Ministry deepen bilateral economic ties

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has met with Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, as part of a working visit to Bangkok.

The meeting discussed ways to expand bilateral relations between the UAE and Thailand, and opportunities for interactive collaboration between the countries in several areas, mainly economic and investment.

They also addressed their efforts to negotiate a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) since they signed a joint declaration in May 2017 to signal the beginning of key negotiations.

Sheikh Abdullah and Mr. Pramudwinai also reviewed a number of regional and international issues of common concern.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed appreciated UAE’s strong ties with Thailand during the meeting, highlighting both nations’ interest in fostering these relationships, expanding their cooperation, and forming a comprehensive partnership to support their initiatives to achieve sustainable development.

Sheikh Abdullah reaffirmed that both nations are eager to advance their economic cooperation. Several initiatives have been launched with this aim, including the creation of the first Emirati-Thai Business Council in February 2023.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Al Hajri, Assistant Foreign Minister for Economic and Trade Affairs, Mr. Omran Sharaf, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Advanced Science and Technology, Dr. Maha Barakat, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Health, and Mr. Obaid Saeed Al Dhaheri, UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand.

Thailand is a high-growth economy at the center of an attractive, rapidly evolving region, and a significant trade and investment partner for the UAE. Thailand and UAE have cooperated in sectors such as tourism, food security, IT, logistics and financial services.

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