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Estonia Requests a Visa Waiver From Thailand

07.06.2011

No. 204-E

During their meeting in Budapest, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya discussed Estonia’s request for Estonian citizens to be able to enter Thailand without a visa, bilateral relations, co-operation in international organisations, and tourism exchange.

Foreign Minister Paet said that Estonian citizens could be given the opportunity to visit Thailand without a visa. “Currently Estonian citizens must apply for a Thai visa at the border,” he noted.

Thai Foreign Minister Piromya promised he would do whatever he could to make sure that Estonian citizens can travel to Thailand without a visa in the near future.

Paet asserted that Thailand is an important partner for Estonia in South-East Asia and that we will soon be prepared to sign an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and a cultural and educational co-operation agreement with Thailand. “Estonia could also be of interest to Thai entrepreneurs as a place to develop a regional distribution centre,” he added.

Foreign Minister Paet also met with Mongolian Foreign Minister Gombojav Zandanshatar in Budapest. Foreign Minister Zandanshatar stated that Mongolia is very interested in learning about Estonia’s reform experiences so that it can strengthen democracy in its own state and learn about how a multi-party system functions.

Paet confirmed that Estonia is open to the idea of sharing its reform experiences with Mongolia. “Establishing regular political consultation would definitely be helpful,” he noted. Estonia will also soon be appointing a non-residing ambassador and an honorary consul to Mongolia.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Latvian Foreign Minister Girts Valdis Kristovskis met in Budapest and signed a bilateral agreement on the reciprocal exchange and protection of classified information between Estonia and Latvia.

Photos from the meetings: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry

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