PM to attend Nuclear Security Summit in South Korea this week

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BANGKOK, March 22 – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is scheduled to visit South Korea to attend the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, taking the opportunity to revive international investors’ confidence in Thailand after last year’s massive floods.

Ms Yingluck’s official visit to South Korea March 24-27 at an invitation of the South Korean government also is meant to strengthen bilateral relations between the two nations in all dimensions.

The Thai premier is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with President Lee Myung-bak. The agenda will cover a wide range of issues including trade and investment, bilateral cooperation promotion in agriculture, military affairs, labour, tourism, nuclear energy and environment-friendly growth.

Ms Yingluck is scheduled to meet prominent figures from the public and private sectors, visit the Han River Flood Control Center’s River Information Center, the Ipo Weir and be briefed about the South Korean water management system which will benefit Thailand’s water planning and management.

She will later speak at Ehwa Woman’s University before presiding over the Thai-South Korean business sector talks.

Ms Yingluck is scheduled to attend the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit with participants from 52 countries and three international agencies — the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Interpol on March 26 and 27.

Thailand will reaffirm its stand and strong intention to build nuclear security and reduce the threat from terrorist use of nuclear weapons.

The 2012 Nuclear Security Summit will be the largest security summit discussing international cooperative measures to protect nuclear materials and facilities from terrorist groups. It is a follow-up meeting to the first gathering in Washington in 2010.

The premier and her entourage are scheduled to return to Thailand on March 28.