PM meets with Indonesian President for talks on bilateral cooperation

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BANGKOK, 1 June 2012  – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today held a meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on East Asia 2012. 

The meeting is aimed at strengthening their bilateral cooperation on agriculture and food exports, with an emphasis on the Halal food industry. The premier has reiterated that the government is aiming to raise the profile of Thai halal food production and food standards to the world’s 1.9 billion Muslim consumers.

Ms Yingluck also confirmed the country’s commitment to export 1 million tons of rice to Indonesia this year.

Additionally, she had proposed that the Indonesian government exempt imports of Thai horticultural produce from the obligation to enter the Indonesian market through specific ports by forging a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between the two nations.

President Yudhoyono, in turn, said Indonesia is proposing that both countries increase their cooperation on the promotion of greater private sector investment and the use of ‘green’ vehicles.

Following the discussion, both leaders witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the waiver of visas for holders of diplomatic and official passports