fields and to increase the number of flights between the two countries, according to Thai foreign minister Noppadon Pattama.
Mr. Noppadon welcomed Maldivian Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullah Shahid upon his visit to Thailand from March 27-29. The Maldivian minister said he was glad to pay an official visit toThailand to exchange information and step up cooperation between the two countries.
The two sides held talks on cooperation in many areas including information exchange and the civil sector, Mr. Noppadon said. The two countries will sign an agreement covering that within this year.
The Maldives called on the Thai government to simplify the visa application procedure for Maldivians and to exempt visa application for persons who carry diplomatic or official passports.
The Maldives asked Thailand to support its candidate to hold a temporary seat in the UN Security Council in 2018 -2019 while Thailand asked Maldives to voice its support for Thailand's bid for a temporary seat on the UN Security Council in 2017-2018.Mr. Noppadon said the two countries also discussed trade and investment and planned to increase flights to facilitate Thai tourists travelling to Maldives and Maldivians flying to Thailand for medical treatment.