Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs to visit Thailand
9 January 2019
Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, will visit Thailand on Thursday 10 January. https://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2019/mp_mr_190109.aspx
Foreign Minister Payne will meet with her counterpart Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai. Her visit comes at an important time for Thailand as it takes up its position as ASEAN Chair for 2019, Southeast Asia’s premier representative grouping.
Foreign Minister Payne will sign a new Thailand-Australia Memorandum of Understanding on Cyber and Digital Cooperation, which will support our countries to manage cyber threats and harness opportunities for digital trade.
She will also advocate for the safe return to Australia of Mr Hakeem Alaraibi, who is currently detained in Thailand. Mr Alaraibi was granted permanent residency by the Australian Government in recognition of his status as a refugee.
Thailand is an important trade and investment partner for Australia. It is the second largest economy in South East Asia, and our 9th largest two-way trading partner.
The visit will serve as an opportunity to reiterate our support for Thailand's return to democracy, following elections that are expected to take place this year.
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