On 13 June 2018, Bangkok hosted political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Thailand. They were co-chaired by the State Secretaries of both Foreign Ministries – Andrejs Pildegovičs for Latvia and Busaya Mathelin for Thailand. The Latvian delegation also included the State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Kaspars Ozoliņš.
The consultations addressed a broad range of issues concerning bilateral relations as well as recent regional and international developments, including cooperation opportunities in ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) and the United Nations. Andrejs Pildegovičs mentioned transport, logistics and tourism as potential sectors for business cooperation between the two countries.
With the view to promoting cooperation in tourism, Andrejs Pildegovičs urged Thailand to consider including the citizens of Latvia in the list of visa facilitations, which will enable them to stay in the country without a visa for 30 days instead of 15 as at present. The Thai side informed their Latvian counterparts that preparations are underway to put Latvian citizens on the said list.
An agreement on the exemption of visa requirement for holders of diplomatic, service and official passports was signed during the visit. The agreement enables the holders of diplomatic, service and official passports to stay without a visa in the territory of the other party for no longer than 90 days in any 180 day period.
The previous political consultations between Latvia and Thailand took place in Riga in 2011.
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