Thai Prime Minister set to meet Cameron and Queen

Yingluck Shinawatra

Thailand’s prime minister will visit the United Kingdom on Tuesday and Wednesday at the invitation of Prime Minister David Cameron. During the two busy days, she will be granted an audience with Britain’s 40th monarch. Ambassador Pasan said he could not recall who was the last premier from Thailand who had the rare opportunity.

England and Thailand are celebrating 400 years of relations this year, and the embassy in London is among the oldest Thai missions worldwide.

Premier Yingluck’s brother, Thanksin Shinawatra, made two official visits to the UK in 2002 and 2005 but was never granted an audience with Queen Elizabeth.

Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva also visited the UK during his two-year term. However, the Eton-educated Mr Abhisit did not receive a royal audience either.

The British monarch herself paid two official visits to Thailand in 1960 and 1966.

During the visit, leaders of three business organisations as well as ministers of finance, commerce, industry, transportation, and PM office would also form a strong delegation in meeting their British counterparts.

Strengthening international relations is one of the main agendas under the Yingluck-led government, said Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul in the weekly TV programme, PM Yingluck Meets the People.

After the premier visit to the U.K., Thailand will receive the president of Uganda, his first visit to Thailand on Nov 16.

One highlight of international relation is the visit to Thailand by the US president Barack Obama on Nov 18.

Mr Surapong said the premier has already visited 17 countries in her first year of leadership and currently the overseas visits were over 20. In each visit, the prime minister tried to find out the energy source in order to seek cooperation in the future.

The premier has outlined clearly to find the cooperation on fuel source while Thailand which has high food security should look for opportunities to trade food with fuel.

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