Thailand, US to resume free trade talks - official

Thompson Financial | 24 June 2008

Thailand, US to resume free trade talks - official

BANGKOK (Thomson Financial) — Thailand plans to resume free trade talks with the United States, which were put on hold after a military coup in 2006, a Thai government spokesperson said Tuesday.

A senior official from the Thai commerce ministry ’recently had a meeting with a U.S. trade representative in Washington DC on resuming the Thai-US free trade agreement talks,’ spokesman Wichianchote Sukchotrat said.

He gave no timeframe for when the negotiations might resume, saying only that Thailand and the United States — the kingdom’s biggest trading partner — were setting up an unofficial mechanism to hammer out any sticking points.

’The discussions will lead to FTA talks... and will lead to increase in investment and trade,’ said Wichianchote.