On June 5, 2017 in the framework of the first ever official visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Thailand, Minister Klimkin met with Thai colleague Don Pramudwinai – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand.
The Parties expressed mutual interest in further strengthening of bilateral relations between Ukraine and Thailand, officially established 25 years ago, exchanged views on a broad range of issues of international agenda, including most recent developments in global and regional contexts.
Ministers have agreed the schedule of political contacts for the near future, including plans to hold the Second round of bilateral political consultations at the level of deputy foreign ministers and the First meeting of the Ukrainian-Thai Joint Commission for bilateral cooperation.
Ways of deepening of the Ukrainian-Thai interaction within international organizations, as well as furthering of bilateral trade, economic, military and technical cooperation between the two countries have also been discussed during the negotiations.
Minister Klimkin invited his Thai counterpart to visit Ukraine. The invitation was cordially accepted.
After the negotiations Pavlo Klimkin and Don Pramudwinai signed the Treaty between Ukraine and Thailand on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. Then, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Sontirat Sontijirawong, Deputy Minister of Commerce of Thailand signed the Trade Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand.
Implementation of the provisions of signed documents will substantially boost the bilateral interaction between law enforcement bodies and greatly contribute to the cooperation in the trade-economic sphere.
In particular, the interstate Treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters is set to facilitate a collaboration between Ukrainian and Thai experts and agents, responsible for crime suppression and criminal investigations, while under the intergovernmental Trade Agreement the Governments of Ukraine and Thailand are encouraged to foster mutual contacts between businesses and enterprises as well as to endorse the establishment of joint-ventured companies, overseas subsidiaries of business enterprises and legal entities on the territories of the respective states.
Besides, the Agreement foresees the establishment of the Joint Trade Committee (co-chaired by the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the Minister of Commerce of Thailand) aimed at intensifying trade and economic relations between the two countries. For now, Thailand is the major trade partner of Ukraine in Southeast Asia, as in 2016 trade volume between two countries exceeded $600 million with the positive trade balance for Ukraine amounting to $255 mln.
During his stay in Bangkok Pavlo Klimkin has visited the Grand Palace and signed the book of condolence paying tribute to the memory of His Majesty late King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej – Rama IX.