H.E. Mr. Philippe Kridelka, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Thailand, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha on occasion of his completion of tenure. Gist is as follows:
The Prime Minister thanked Belgian Ambassador for his significant role in promoting relations and cooperation between Thailand and Belgium during the 3-year tenure, and commended close relations of the two countries which have spanned for over 152 years. He also congratulated the new tenure of Belgian Ambassador as Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations, and expressed hope that the Ambassador, in his new tenure, would help create awareness of Thailand and promote the country’s 3 signatures, that is, Siamese smile, good food, and splendid nature, at the global stage.
The Belgian Ambassador expressed appreciation toward the Thai Government for its warm welcome and cooperation throughout his tenure in the country. He lauded Thailand’s success in administering and controlling spread of COVID-19 pandemic which has been globally recognized, and as a result of which no new domestic infection case has been reported for a couple of months now. The Prime Minister thanked Belgian Ambassador for organizing “Thai-Belgium COVID Solidarity”, a charity event aiming to help out COVID-19-affected Thai community.
Both parties also discussed economic cooperation. The Prime Minister thanked Belgium for endorsing renegotiation on FTA between Thailand and EU, and called on the country to make more investment, and have Thailand as trade and investment hub under the ASEAN framework. The Prime Minister and Belgian Ambassador also agreed that there are potentials for further cooperation in trade and investment, especially in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). Thailand also stands ready to cooperate with Belgium in the post-COVID-19 economic rehabilitation effort.