DPM pays official visit to Singapore

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SINGAPORE, 5 June 2015 – The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs are now calling to Singapore on the occasion of the 50th year anniversary celebration of Thailand-Singapore relations.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn is now at Singapore during his official visit from 4-6 June 2015, as invited by the Singaporean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Law K. Shanmugam. This visit also serves as preparations for the official visit of the Thai Prime Minister during 11-12 June 2015.

The Thai DPM is scheduled to make an official call to the Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, join the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Law in discussions, attend a dinner hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Law, and finally attend the opening ceremony of the 28th SEA Games as the delegate of the Thai government.

Both sides have agreed on high level information exchange, and discussed the organisation of the 50th year anniversary celebration of Thailand-Singapore relations, where His Majesty the King of Thailand has appointed the Thai Prime Minister as the royal representative to attend the 50th anniversary celebration of Singaporean independence on the Singaporean National Day 9 August 2015.

The Thai Prime Minister will be visiting Singapore on 11-12 June 2015, while the Thai DPM has invited the Singaporean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Law to visit Thailand on an official visit for the 12th meeting of the Thailand-Singapore Civil Service Exchange Program (CSEP) that is scheduled to take place in the late half of 2015.

Both sides are reported to be willing to extend cooperations in trade, investment, tourism, security, and military. The Thai DPM has said that he is delighted to see that Singapore has confidence in Thailand’s economic capability, and has invited Singapore to invest in the Special Economic Zones and infrastructure development projects to support more connections in the economy and in transportation.

The Thai DPM has also expressed his gratitude towards the increasing amount of Singaporean tourists to Thailand.

Both sides have agreed to encourage the exchange of information to prevent dangers from extremism and international terrorism. They also exchanged their opinions on regional issues.

Thailand thanked Singapore for supporting Thailand’s role as the ASEAN-China coordinating country, while Thailand is willing to support Singapore’s take over of this role in July. Singapore praised Thailand’s role in hosting the Special Meeting on the Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015, and voiced that ASEAN can play a major role to solve this issue.

Singapore has made up to 200,000 US dollars in donation via the ASEAN framework in support of refugees operations in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.