PM gives priority to foreign policy particularly overseas visits: Deputy PM

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BANGKOK, Nov 10 — Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has affirmed that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has given priority to foreign policy, particularly with visits to foreign countries, to build confidence on Thai economy and strengthen bilateral ties.

Mr Surapong, standing in for PM’s weekly TV programme, “The Yingluck Government Meets the People,” reported the ministry’s performance during the past year, where the Yingluck government has attended to foreign policy, particularly with visits to foreign countries and participation in international conferences and meetings.

He said the premier has made some 17 overseas trips and has taken these opportunities to strengthen bilateral relations and clarify that Thai political development has returned to normalcy.

The prime minister has also built confidence among the international community regarding the Thai economy and invited foreign businesspeople to invest in Thailand, said the deputy prime minister.

During such trips, he said, Ms Yingluck has also clarified the situation in the southernmost provinces to Muslim nations.

Mr Surapong said that it was a good prospect that many foreign leaders have planned to visit Thailand, particularly US President Barack Obama who would officially visit Thailand on November 18.

Mr Surapong said that aside from Mr Obama’s visit, Thailand is welcoming South Korean president Lee Myung-Bak.

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao will also visit Bangkok Nov 20-22, the first visit to Thailand by a Chinese premier in 10 years.