Thailand has expressed support for Fiji during a meeting in Geneva between Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Thailand, General Tanasak Patimapragorn.
During the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Patimapragorn offered Thailand’s assistance to Fiji, both in Geneva and elsewhere. He also invited the Prime Minister to visit Thailand as a guest of the Thai Government either before or after his visit to Bangkok for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific (UN-ESCAP) meeting later this year. He said that as friends of Fiji, Thailand’s support should be taken as a given.
Prime Minister Bainimarama thanked the Deputy Prime Minister for Thailand’s support and also for the assistance the Thai Government has provided to Fiji’s Mission in Geneva during its first year of operation.
He invited the Deputy Prime Minister to the next meeting of the Pacific Islands Development Forum in August 2015, which he said would give Thailand an opportunity to meet with the Pacific Small Island Developing States, as well as with representatives from the region’s civil society groups and private sector.
The Prime Minister also advised Deputy Prime Minister Patimapragorn that Fiji was actively looking into establishing a diplomatic mission in Bangkok. He said that while the office would still be under the accreditation of Fiji’s resident Mission in Kuala Lumpur, it would better serve Fiji’s interests in the UN-ESCAP, as well as allow Fiji to explore and advance new partnerships with Thailand.