Thailand-Belgium meet for 2nd round of Policy Consultations on FTA and Schengen visa exemption
On this occasion, the Thai side seeks support from Belgium, which is serving as the President of the Council of the European Union during January-June 2024, on the negotiations for the Thai-EU FTA and the Schengen Visa exemption for holders of Thai ordinary passports.

Ms. Somrudee Poopornanake, Acting Director-General of the Department of European Affairs, co-chaired the 2nd session of Thailand-Belgium Policy Consultations with Mr. François Delhaye, Director of Asia and Oceania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, to strengthen Thai-Belgian cooperation and mutual understanding.

Both sides shared updates of the ongoing bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on ways to enhance Thai-Belgian relations in all aspects including politics, economy, education, science, technology and innovation (STI), sustainable development and people-to-people relations. They discussed areas of common potential, such as logistics, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, and research and academia.



Thailand and Belgium expressed commitment to promoting high-level exchanges of visit to enhance cooperation in trade, investment, clean energy, medical and BCG-related industries, and soft power.

Acting Director-General Somrudee also hosted a working lunch in honour of the Belgian delegation. Both sides exchanged views on key regional and global issues, including the situations in Israel and Gaza, Russia-Ukraine and Myanmar.



On this occasion, the Thai side seeks support from Belgium, which is serving as the President of the Council of the European Union during January-June 2024, on the negotiations for the Thai-EU FTA and the Schengen Visa exemption for holders of Thai ordinary passports.

In 2024, Thailand and Belgium mark their 156th anniversary of their relations. The Policy Consultations is a mechanism for dialogue between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and Belgium. The inaugural meeting took place on 6 November 2013. (MFA)


















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Author: Pattaya Mail