Thailand’s Prime Minister visiting Philippines: Stronger partnership in focus

The Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha will be in the country starting tomorrow, August 27 until 28 for an official visit at the invitation of President Benigno Aquino III. General Prayut Chan-o-cha is a retired Thai army officer who is now the Prime Minister of Thailand and head of the National Council for Peace and Order.

The said visit is the Thai Prime Minister’s first visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014. This visit hopes to deepen the Philippines’ partnership with Thailand, a fellow founding member of ASEAN and a long-time friend, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

President Aquino and his Thai counterpart will look into ways to work closely together towards mutual prosperity and contribute to further strengthen ASEAN’s post-2015 vision. They will discuss matters of mutual concern such as defense, law enforcement, education, trade and investments, agriculture, tourism, security, technical cooperation, and ASEAN matters, among others.

Thailand is the Philippines’ 8th largest trading partner in 2014, with total two-way trade amounting to US$ 5.83 billion. The Philippines and Thailand enjoy excellent and cordial relations at the bilateral, regional, and multilateral levels.