Thai representative presents domestic political assessment to UN

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NEW YORK, Sept 25  Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Thai Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, attended the 69th UN General Assembly in New York and will took the opportunity to explain Thai political developments to the international community.

Mr Sihasak informed the General Assembly of progress on Thailand’s roadmap to democracy, its economic plans and continuing role in foreign affairs.

He is trying to arrange bilateral meetings with the foreign ministers of Japan, India and China.

Mr Sihasak said that the Thai address in the General Assembly this year would focus on international missions for sustainable development after 2015 including poverty reduction, public education and health services.

He also reported on Thailand’s peace-keeping role in Sudan, the organization of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, and rice donations to Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Regarding his meeting with US President Barack Obama on Tuesday night, Mr Sihasak said he insisted that Thailand is adhering to the values of democracy. He said the US president realized the importance of Thailand’s internal security.