Ms. Sansanee Nachpong, Government Spokesperson revealed the success in the occasion that Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, the Prime Minister had delivered a keynote speech during US-ASEAN Business Forum under the theme: Commitment to Connectivity as a guest of Mrs. Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State at Le Meridian hotel, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia. Moreover, she held a bilateral discussion with the Prime Minister of Cambodia, and the President of Myanmar.
Government Spokesperson addressed the press after US-ASEAN Business Forum that Mrs. Hillary Clinton had invited the Prime Minister to deliver a keynote speech during US-ASEAN Business Forum under the theme: Commitment to Connectivity since the forum had acknowledged an outstanding and continuous role of Thai Prime Minister in promoting ASEAN connectivity in various dimensions ranging from physical dimension, rule, to tourism. The Prime Minister also emphasized on ASEAN’s power and potential to be an economic partner in terms of infrastructure connectivity along the North-South and East-West economic corridors, Dawei deep seaport development, ASEAN international gas pipeline development, and trade and investment facilitation under ASEAN Single Window. In 2015, an integrated ASEAN will enhance market stability where leading partners such as China, Japan, South Korea, and India can cooperate with ASEAN and GMS. ASEAN also welcomed the US which returned to the region once again in order to promote economic relationship with ASEAN through US private sector. US return contributes to the US’s strategic balance in the region.
In this opportunity, the Prime Minister discussed with the US Secretary of State. The Prime Minister emphasized on Thailand’s standpoint in cooperating with the US to fight with money laundering and human trafficking. Mrs. Clinton stated that she is ready to work closely with Thailand under Thai-US Creative Partnership which covers public health, energy, and people-to-people relations. Concerning the cancelled NASA program, Mrs. Clinton understood that it is quite sensitive to Thailand, but affirmed to reconsider the program if the US is well-equipped with the budget next year.
Concerning a bilateral discussion with Somdech Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia, it is clear that the relationship between two countries has remained smooth since the government assumed the office. In this regard, Thailand and Cambodia would open a new and permanent checkpoint at Baan Nong Ian, Sakaeo province and Satungbot, Bantiamianjey province of Cambodia with the purpose of promoting trade along the boundaries and encouraging people’s visits. Moreover, two parties agreed with the troops withdrawal in Provisional Demilitarized Zone around Preah Vihear temple as determined by the International Court of Justice’s provisional measure order. Cambodia is the first party to withdraw 480 troops in July 18, 2012.
Concerning a bilateral discussion with Mr. Thein Sein, President of Myanmar, two leaders agreed with upgrading Dawei deep seaport development to be cooperation between governments. In this opportunity, Mr. Thein Sein, President of Myanmar is scheduled to undertake a state visit to Thailand on July 22-24, 2012 in order to visit Thailand’s Laem Chabang deep seaport for Dawei deep seaport development. The Prime Minister thus requested the President of Myanmar to take a good care of Thai nationals captured in Myanmar. In this regard, the President of Myanmar promised to take a good and just care of those captured Thai nationals.