BANGKOK, 24 July 2014 – Singapore has expressed its support for the reform plan of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), while showing its willingness to cooperate with Thailand in all aspects of development.
As a special guest to the Royal Thai Army, Supreme Commander of Singapore Ng Chee Meng paid a courtesy call on NCPO chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. On this occasion, Gen Prayuth asked the Singaporean side to continue its close ally with Thailand and support the work of the NCPO in bringing about a true and sustainable democracy back to this very nation. He also stressed the importance of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In his reply, Supreme Commander Ng Chee Meng told Gen Prayuth that Singapore was willing to work with Thailand, especially to strengthen military ties that the two nations had enjoyed for the past several years.
Prior to his meeting with the NCPO chief, the Singapore supreme commander met with Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn, NCPO deputy chief and supreme commander of Thailand. The Singaporean side took this opportunity to express its support and confidence in the NCPO’s national reform plan as well as its readiness to mobilize the two nations towards ASEAN integration.
The two parties also had a chance to discuss a wide range of cooperation, including the establishments of a coordination center for human rights assistance and disaster mitigation in ASEAN.