Thai PM expects to meet Suu Kyi during her visit to Myanmar next week


CHIANG MAI, Dec 17 — Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Saturday that she would pay an official introductory visit to Myanmar next week and she expected to meet Myanmar’s opposition leader.

Ms Yingluck said during her weekly TV programme “Yingluck Government meets the People” that she will travel to Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw on Monday to attend the 4th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit 2011 before paying an official visit to Myanmar.

The premier said she may have an opportunity to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon and exchange views.

Ms Yingluck said Ms Suu Kyi has fought for democracy in Myanmar and Thai people also wanted to see the continued development of democracy in Thailand.

During the 4th GMS Summit, the leaders of the six GMS countries — Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam will sign a Joint Declaration of the 4th GMS Summit.

The six leaders will also sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint action to reduce HIV vulnerability related to population movement, and another MoU on the Joint Cooperation in Further Accelerating the Construction of the Information Superhighway and its Application in the GMS, and on Articles of Association of the GMS Freight Transporters Association.