Thailand assures it will remain an active member of ASEAN

Thailand assures it will remain an active member of ASEAN
Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand Sihasak Phuangketkeow

SINGAPORE - Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand Sihasak Phuangketkeow called on Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam today.

During the call, Mr Sihasak updated Mr Shanmugam on the recent developments in Thailand.

Mr Shanmugam said that Singapore, as a close friend of Thailand and a fellow ASEAN member, hopes that a process of reconciliation, which is helpful to Thailand, can be found.

Thailand is ASEAN's second largest economy. Prolonged uncertainties will affect Thailand and the region as a whole. Therefore, Singapore joins the other ASEAN member states in expressing its hope that the situation in Thailand will return to normal as soon as possible, as peace, stability and development in Thailand are important in advancing the shared goal of an ASEAN Community by 2015, said a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement.

Mr Sihasak acknowledged Singapore's viewpoints and assured Mr Shanmugam that Thailand would remain an active and constructive member of ASEAN.

Mr Sihasak, who is also the Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, is leading a delegation of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence of Thailand on a study visit to Singapore from May 29 to 31, 2014.

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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