Thai PM to Attend ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh


BANGKOK, Nov 17 – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is scheduled to attend the 21st ASEAN Summit and related meetings in Phnom Penh between November 18-20 and plans to raise the issue of transportation linkage for discussions.

The ASEAN Summit in the Cambodian capital will also allow ASEAN leaders to meet with key dialogue partners including China, Japan, South Korea, India, and the United States. In addition to the Summit, ASEAN Leaders will also attend the ASEAN Plus Three Summit and the East Asia Summit (EAS) during the three days.

The 21st summit under the theme “One Community, One Destiny” is aimed to follow up the framework earlier agreed upon by member countries as well as exchange view on various issues, including ASEAN Community building, which encompasses implementing the blueprints of the three pillars and the Master Plan on ASEAN connectivity, ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, and appointment of a new Secretary-General, who will succeed Dr Surin Pitsuwan whose term will be completed by the end of this year.

Ms Yingluck said that Thailand will raise the issues of transportation linkage and related laws, as well as safety for children and women for discussion at the ASEAN Summit, while trade and investment, and the Free Trade Agreement will be discussed with Dialogue Partners.

The Thai premier is scheduled to hold a bilateral talk with Myanmar President Thein Sein on the sidelines of the summit regarding trade and investment between the two neighbours, particularly the Dawei Deep Sea Port project development.

Ms Yingluck will also hold bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking to jointly develop the main highway linking Thailand, Myanmar and India as well as boost cooperation with India on science and technology, medical sector and education.