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Swire “Thailand is a natural partner for the UK”

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP, will visit Thailand between 19 and 21 May 2013 to take part in the Thailand-UK Strategic Dialogue.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Hugo Swire

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Hugo Swire

During the visit, he will meet Mr. Jullapong Nonsrichai Thailand’s Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, for the inaugural session of the Thailand-UK Strategic Dialogue. The holding of this dialogue was agreed by our two Prime Ministers in November 2012.

Before the visit Hugo Swire said:

I am delighted to officially visit Thailand for the first time and meet my counterpart Mr. Jullapong Nonsrichai to discuss Thai-UK relations and key issues of importance to both countries.

Thailand is a natural partner for the UK. We have great relations which go back over 400 years. Thailand has vast potential to advance prosperity in the South East Asia region. The UK has plenty more to offer as we are the benchmark for excellence in the sectors most in demand for fast growing economies: financial services, education, large scale infrastructure and more.

During his visit Mr. Swire will meet Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mr Kittirat Na Ranong, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul and Opposition Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva. The Minister will meet representatives of leading British companies in Thailand to discuss further trade and investment opportunities. He will also look at issues affecting British tourists and residents in Thailand including road safety.

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Published 17 May 2013