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Thailand welcomes EU’s decision to resume political contacts

The Thai government welcomes the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union's Conclusions resuming its political contacts at all levels with Thailand, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' statement.

The statement was issued today (Dec 12), a day after the EU's Foreign Affairs Council adopted the conclusions, reaffirming the importance the EU attaches to its relations with Thailand.

The Royal Thai Government is also gratified with the Council's appreciation of the constructive role which Thailand plays as the current coordinator for Asean-EU Dialogue Relations.

The Royal Thai Government will continue to foster Thailand-EU relations and Asean-EU relations on the basis of mutual respect, mutual benefits and long lasting partnership, the statement reads.

In the Dec 11 conclusions, the Council reiterated its call for the urgent restoration of the democratic process in Thailand through credible and inclusive elections and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Council welcomed Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha's Oct 10 statement that the general election would be held in November 2018, saying it is one of the encouraging developments.

The Council said it appropriate to pursue gradual political re-engagement with Thailand, to resume political contacts at all levels with Thailand, and to explore the possibilities for resuming talks on an EU-Thailand Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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