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
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
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
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
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.