Foreign Minister to visit Russia
Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul is scheduled to visit Moscow, Russia from March 27 to 29 to strengthen bilateral ties.
- Published: 23/03/2013 at 09:24 AM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Mr Surapong, also the Deputy Prime Minister, together with representatives from 22 relevant Thai agencies will attend the 5th session of the Thai-Russian Joint Commission.
The minister will meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. They will hold talks on Thailand’s proposal to improve both countries’ bilateral relations to a strategic partnership, reiterate political wills on both sides to deepen collaboration in various fields, and exchange views on regional and international issues.
Their discussion will serve as a basis for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s official visit to Russia later this year. Both ministers will sign a Plan of Consultation, which will last from 2013 to 2015.
Mr Surapong and Russia’s Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov will also co-chair the Joint Commission meeting to talk about issues regarding politics, economics, energy, science and technology, education and culture cooperation.
Senior executives from Thailand’s science, technology, and innovation government agencies and Russia’s top scientists and researchers will convene to develop a network between the think tanks of both nations.
Russia is currently Thailand's largest trading partner in Eastern Europe. In 2012, bilateral trade totaled an estimated 161.65 trillion baht and Russia’s Board of Investment has approved investments amounted to more than 1.1 billion baht.
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