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Outcome of Telephone Conversation between Foreign Ministers of Korea and Thailand

  • Date : 2021-04-06 18:11:18
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1. Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong spoke with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand Don Pramudwinai on the phone on April 5, and they discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations and exchanged views on various issues including the regional situation.

2. The two ministers noted that the ties between the two countries grew closer in various fields including the economy, infrastructure, the defense industry, and the environment through mutual visits by the leaders of the two countries in 2019 and agreed to work together to further strengthen bilateral cooperation.

 o In particular, both ministers pointed out the need to institutionalize cooperation in the area of public health and disease control, including for tackling COVID-19, and agreed to hold the first Republic of Korea-Thailand Foreign and Health Ministers’ 2+2 Dialogue on Health Security at an appropriate time. 

 o In addition, the two ministers emphasized the need to resume the high-level face-to-face diplomacy when the COVID-19 situation improves and, to that end, agreed to work out a mutually convenient time for holding the next ROK-Thailand Vice-ministers’ Policy Consultation Meeting.

3. The two ministers congratulated the 10th anniversary of ROK-Mekong cooperation and appreciated the progress made so far. They agreed to push ahead with various programs to celebrate the 2021 ROK-Mekong Exchange Year despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

4. Regarding the latest developments in Myanmar, the two ministers expressed deep concern over the loss of numerous civilian lives and reaffirmed their support for the constructive role of ASEAN in resolving the current situation in Myanmar.

 o Minister Chung, in particular, noted with appreciation that Thailand provided humanitarian assistance to the Myanmar people who had fled to Thailand due to the unrest.

5. Minister Chung explained the Korean government’s efforts to achieve complete denuclearization and establish permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don reaffirmed the Thai government’s firm support for the Korean Peninsula Peace Process.