Foreign Ministry clarifies Suu Kyi’s participation at WEF to Myanmar President

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BANGKOK, 5 June 2012  – The Foreign Affairs Ministry has clarified to President Thein Sein of Myanmar that Aung San Suu Kyi was invited to participate in the World Economic Forum (WEF). 

In light of Myanmar President Thein Sein’s abrupt cancellation of his official visit to Thailand, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Thani Thongphakdi has clarified that Myanmar Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Thailand was an invitation of the WEF. He said Ms Suu Kyi had managed her own schedule, saying Thailand only facilitated the visit and ensured safety for her.

Mr Thani further elaborated that most of her visits concerned the conditions of the Burmese workers in Thailand. He added Thailand has already discussed with the Myanmar Embassy and Burmese representatives at the WEF in the hope of making them understand the situation.

According to the spokesperson, the Burmese president’s visit scheduled for June 4-6 has now been put off until further notice. He hopes that Thein Sein will visit Thailand to further strengthen the relationship between the two nations.

President Thein Sein was initially scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on various bilateral issues and topics of mutual interest, such as the physical connection of the two neighbors, the development of a deep-sea port and the Dawei Industrial Estate.