BANGKOK, June 19, 2017. The President of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand, Prof. Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, welcomed the Cuban Ambassador to Thailand, Héctor Conde Almeida, who thanked the expressions of regret of the Thai people and government on the demise on November 25, 2016 of Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz and conveyed the condolences of the Cuban people and government over the October 13 on the passing away of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX).
In the cordial meeting the good path of bilateral relations was confirmed and the mutual will to continue strengthening them was reiterated, with special mention to the historical significance of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries to be held in May 2018.
Both sides expressed their satisfaction with the ongoing and potential actions for developing bilateral cooperation in education, health, science, tourism, culture and sports, especially in the area of biotechnological applications for the benefit of both peoples. It was emphasized that joint efforts in medical-pharmaceutical production for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases constitute an important contribution to the implementation of the Development Strategy 4.0 in Thailand aimed at raising the competitiveness and sustainability of its socioeconomic model in line with the national philosophy of sufficient economy.
A review of the historical exchanges between the National Assemblies of Thailand and Cuba was made. It was emphasized the interest to expand them and to update the work of the Friendship Parliamentarian Groups between both countries.
The Cuban Ambassador thanked the President of the National Legislative Assembly, the government and people of Thailand for their support of the United Nations Resolution on the need to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the US government against Cuba and conveyed congratulations on the enactment, on April 6th, 2017, of the Constitution no. 20 since the transformation in 1932 of the absolute Monarchy into constitutional Monarchy.
The new constitution establishes a bicameral National Assembly, in which the House of Representatives will have 500 members and the Senate with 250. The general elections are foreseen at the end of 2018, for which the Assembly works in the promulgation of 10 Organic Laws. The National Legislative Assembly will run until the formation of the new National Assembly of Thailand.