Thailand, Georgia to enhance trade, investment cooperation


CHIANG MAI, May 20 – Thailand and Georgia have agreed to strengthen the relationship between the two countries to contribute to their trade and investment cooperation.

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra held talks with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in this northern province during which they emphasised closer cooperation for mutual benefits.

Georgia has abundant natural resources including manganese, copper and gold and the country is located on a strategic oil transport route between Asia and Europe, while Thailand is the window and entrance to Southeast Asia.

Ms Yingluck proposed that the commerce ministries of both countries discuss eliminating obstacles to bilateral trade and encourage meetings between Thailand’s and Georgia’s private sectors.

Mr Saakashvili was asked to exempt visas for Thai people entering Georgia and facilitate the establishment of the Thai embassy in his country.

Georgia asked for Thailand’s support in the United Nations regarding its conflict with Russia. Thailand has so far abstained from taking a position in the dispute.