Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Thailand visits the Permanent Secretariat, values cooperation with the Community

March 4, 2014

“I believe that democracy in Thailand can truly profit from engagement in the activities of the Community of Democracies” – said Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Jullpong Nonsrichai, during his visit to the Permanent Secretariat of the Community, today.

The visit of the Vice Minister came after Thailand has submitted an official solicitation to join the Governing Council of the Community. In the light of this request, the Vice Minister met with the Secretary General of the Community, Ambassador Maria Leissner, briefed her about recent political developments in the country, and discussed the possibility to cooperate with the Community on steps which will help to stabilize Thailand's political scene. Secretary General Leissner, in response, expressed the Community's strong will to support democracy in Thailand through any available means, without taking a stand in the political debate in the country. 

Following the visit to the Permanent Secretariat, Vice Minister Nonsrichai will attend the meeting of the Community's Governing Council next week in Geneva, and present Thailand's application to join the Council. 

In the discussion were present also representatives of the Permanent Secretariat of the Community of Democracies: Chief of Staff, Magdalena Gawronska, and Coordinator for Presidency and Governing Council, Nicolina Majewska. Accompanying the Vice Minister were Director General of the Department of International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Pornprapai Ganjanarintr; Chief of Staff, Dusit Manapan; Minister Counsellor for Social Division, Prapenpim Prachopachanuk; Counsellor and Secretary to the Vice Minister, Paitoon Mahapannaporn; Ambassador of Thailand to Poland, Bansarn Bunnag; and First Secretary at the Embassy, Thanthida Wangthamron.