Thaksin to visit Burma_ Nay Pyi Taw and Tachilek next week

and red shirts—


Fugitive prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will visit Myanmar for three days next week and will meet Myanmar President Thein Sein, his legal advisor Noppadol Pattama said Friday.

Noppadol told a press conference that Thaksin would visit Myanmar on Thursday and stay until Saturday.

Thaksin would meet Thein Sein in the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw upon his arrival on Thursday.

On Friday, Thaksin would meet leading Pheu Thai MPs and Thai businessmen in Tachilek, a border town opposite Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district.

Noppadol said the visit to Tachilek would be Thaksin’s closest presence to Thailand since he visited Champasak in Laos earlier this year.

Noppadol said Thaksin would make merit at the Shwedagon Pagoda on Saturday morning and would have a chance to meet red shirts and other Thais who crossed the border to meet him.

Noppadol said Thaksin’s supporters should stay overnight on the Thai side and cross the border in the morning because accommodation on the Thai side was cheaper and more easily available than on the Myanmar side.

Noppadol also said Thaksin would not visit the Dawei deepsea port as earlier reported.

He said Thaksin would only pay a courtesy call on Thein Sein as an old friend and would not discuss the deepsea port or other projects. He said Thaksin would not negotiate any business deals with Thein Sein and that the Thai government, led by Thaksin’s sister Yingluck Shinawatra, would not have conflicts of interest when negotiating the deepsea port project with Myanmar.


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