Thailand and Belarus agree on visa waiver for diplomats and state officials

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BANGKOK, 12 March 2015 – As a way to encourage future exchanges of visits with each other, Thailand and Belarus have exempted visa requirements for diplomatic and government officials while setting eyes on expanding cooperation in trade and investment. Thailand’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai has met with Mr Valery Sadokho, Ambassador of Belarus to Thailand, in order to discuss the promotion of diplomatic relations as well as economic cooperation between the two nations. 

On behalf of his country, the Belarusian Ambassador expressed interest in seeking new export channels in Thailand for Belarusian products, such as potash fertilizers, car tires, trucks and tractors. Thailand, on the other hand, is intent on exporting rubber products and processed agricultural goods to Belarus.

The delegates also signed an agreement on the mutual exemption of visa for holders of diplomatic and official passports.

The visa waiver is considered significant to the tightening of friendship between the two sides and is aimed at persuading their state officials to visit each other’s country more frequently. Thailand and Belarus officially established their diplomatic ties on July 21, 1992. Last year, bilateral trade was worth over 78 million US dollars while nearly 14,000 visitors to Thailand came from Belarus