UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific Alok Sharma made a visit to Bangkok Friday to discuss wide ranging issues, including trade, human rights and Thailand’s election plans, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office announced.
Sharma will hold talks with Deputy Prime Minster Somkid and Deputy Foreign Minister Virasakdi Futrakul to discuss the strength of the relationship and opportunities to increase trade and prosperity, the office announced on its web site.
Sharma will speak to other political figures, to hear their views on the political situation and the prospects for elections in Thailand, the office added.
Sharma will also meet members of civil society organisations to learn more about their work and the challenges they face especially on freedom of expression and to express the UK’s support for their work.
He will also speak to businesses and investors to reaffirm that Global Britain is open for business and discuss how the UK Government can help Thai and British businesses trade with each other more.
The web site quoted Sharma as saying that Thailand is “a very important partner for the UK” as proven by the fact that over 1 million British people visited Thailand every year.
“I will be holding talks on the British Government’s commitment to boost bilateral trade and I will encourage further progress on bringing in the rights and freedoms the Thai people need for credible elections in the future,” Sharma said.