#PM #Prayuth to #visit #Myanmar #Burma mid- #October


BANGKOK, Sept 25 — Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha plans to visit Myanmar next month as his first destination of international trips to introduce himself as Thailand’s new prime minister.

Thai ambassador to Yangon Pisanu Suvanajata said the prime minister would visit Myanmar first because it i the ASEAN chair, borders Thailand and always has had good ties with Thailand.

Mr Pisanu said at present the staff at all Thai embassies are arranging for the prime minister’s visit schedule with the authorities in the capitals of the respective countries.

He said Myanmar looks forward to Gen Prayut’s visit but the prime minister’s staff has yet to inform him of the exact dates of the arrival.

The ambassador expects the visit to take place in mid-October.

He said that Gen Prayut would call on Myanmar President Thein Sein in Nay Pyi Taw and meet Thai business operators in Yangon.

There are about 2,000 Thai business community members including those running small- and medium-sized enterprises, technology businesses and branches of big companies in Thailand.

Asked whether Gen Prayut would meet National League for Democracy Party chair Aung San Suu Kyi, Mr Pisanu said he did not receive confirmation of that.

The ambassador said in principle the new prime minister would mainly introduce himself and push for international relations on his overseas trips and internal politics would not be relevant. (MCOT)

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