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Thai Foreign Minister Declared the Decision to Abolish Visa Requirements for Estonians, Decision Will Come into Force Soon



Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who is on an official visit to Estonia, notified Foreign Minister Urmas Paet about the decision of Thai government to abolish visa requirements for Estonian citizens today in a meeting in Tallinn. The decision will come into force soon, likely January 1, 2014. Thailand will declare the exact date in due course. After that, Estonian citizens travelling to Thailand for tourist purposes can do so without visa and stay there for up to thirty days.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stressed that, in addition to the development of tourism, a visa waiver provides stronger stimulus for economic and cultural ties. “Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Estonians, and visa waiver will surely help to develop personal contacts and tourism relations,” said Paet. According to Foreign Minister Paet, Estonian and Thai enterprises could cooperate more closely in the field of tourism. “I am pleased to see that interest for travelling to the Baltic Sea region has risen among Thais,” he added.

Estonia and Thailand would like to increase political and economic cooperation. “For example, economic relations could be enlivened by mutual visits by business delegations. We hope to reach an agreement between Estonia and Thailand soon about avoiding double taxation,” noted Foreign Minister Paet. “The European Union is an important trade partner for Thailand, and Estonia could be a gateway for Thai entrepreneurs to the EU, especially the Nordic states, and also to Russia,” he added.

The first political consultations between Estonia and Thailand took place in July of this year.

Foreign Ministers Paet and Tovichakchaikul also spoke about the situation in Syria. “The use of a chemical weapon is a completely unacceptable crime against humanity, which requires our reaction so it won’t happen again,” said Paet. According to the Estonian foreign minister, the perpetrators of the crime must be punished according to international law. “The International Criminal Court must prosecute them,” noted Paet.

Thailand is interested in strengthening cooperation with Estonia in the fields of information technology and cyber security. Paet says that Estonia has had successful experiences with developing information society and is ready to share them with Thailand. “Also, international cooperation in cyber security and anticipation of cyber risks is important,” he added. The delegation of the Thai foreign minister visits the ICT Demo Center in Tallinn.

The Thai foreign minister provided an overview of the latest developments in its relations with its neighbours as well as the activity of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Additionally, discussions were had about cooperation in international organisations, including the further development of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), supporting each other’s candidacies, and free trade talks between the EU and Thailand.





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