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ASEAN trade deal ‘will happen, it is very strong,’ says new Thai envoy

By Shruti Shekar      

Canada and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations started exploratory trade talks in September.

Maris Sangiampongsa, the new Thai ambassador, pictured, presented his credentials on March 27 replacing Vijavat Isarabhakdi, who left Canada last fall for Thailand to retire. The Hill Times photograph by Shruti Shekar
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Thailand's new ambassador, Maris Sangiampongsa, says his country’s military-run government will “not stall” ongoing talks toward a possible trade deal between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Canada. In 2015, Mr. Sangiampongsa's predecessor said the Conservative government in Canada at the time put exploratory country-to-country free trade talks with Thailand on hold as long as the country remained under an unelected government. Earlier, a leaked memo had suggested the Conservatives were planning to continue with the talks, despite advice from

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