The third annual bilateral consultation between Bhutan and Thailand was held on December 1 in Thailand.

Foreign secretary Sonam Tshong led the Bhutanese delegation while Permanent secretary Busaya Mathelin led the 20-member Thai delegation, a press release from the foreign ministry states.

The consultation provides a forum for the two countries to hold policy dialogue on issues of mutual interests in keeping with the Comprehensive framework Agreement on Cooperation signed between the two Kingdoms. During the consultations, the two sides reviewed the whole range of bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction on the on-going progress.

The two countries agreed to continue promoting high level visits and also discussed opportunities for further strengthening bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of trade and investment, the press release states. There was also an exchange of views on global and regional issues.

The two sides also agreed to align the assistance of the Royal Thai government with Bhutan’s 12th Five Year Plan priorities.

Bhutan and Thailand share cordial relations. The two Kingdoms share deep respect for the institution of monarchy, shared spiritual heritage, proud legacy of sovereign independence and close people to people contact despite the asymmetry of geography, economy and population.

Bhutan established formal diplomatic relations with Thailand in 1989. The next bilateral consultation will be held in Bhutan next year.

Staff Reporter