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PM to attend GSM summit in Naypyidaw

Posted by arnon_k On December - 14 - 2011

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will attend the Greater Mekong Subregion summit in Burma next week.

The meeting in Burma’s new capital of Naypyidaw will bring together the leaders of Cambodia, China, Laos, Burma and Vietnam, Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Thanee Thongpakdee said Wednesday.

Covering an area of 2.6 million square kilometres, the six countries formed a subregional economic cooperation programme in 1996.

The twoday GMS summit will start on next Monday.

Thanee said Foreign Minister Surapong Tohvichakchaikul and Energy Minister Pichai Naripthaphan will accompany the premier to Burma and will hold sideline bilateral meetings with their Burmese colleagues. High on the agenda will be cooperation on energy security, an important issue in today’s world.

As a developing country, Thailand is at the centre of the region and is in need of energy to drive the economy and develop the country.

“Therefore the meetings of the ministers will also reflect the foreign ministry’s role in strengthening cooperation for the benefit of both countries,” the spokesman said.

Early next year, they are scheduled to travel to Dawei (Tavoy) in Burma to discuss the cooperation in greater detail.

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