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1 Apr  2009 

Thai PM to convey Asean's concerns at G-20

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Tuesday that he will express the economic concerns of the economic meltdown-impacted Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), during the G20 summit in London later this week.

Speaking to journalists at Suvarnabhumi airport prior to his departure, Abhisit, accompanied by his wife and senior officials, said his participation at the G20 summit should be considered significant as he will speak about Asean’s economy, including Thailand, and international trade in his capacity as the regional group’s chair.

Government leaders attending the G20 summit will realise how serious are the economic problems in the Southeast Asian region, and having this awareness will enable closer coordination between the two groupings of countries, he said.

“My objective is to make the Thai economy recover,” Abhisit said. “I’ve prepared Asean’s common stance and will discuss with Indonesia’s president so that our proposals will be coordinated”.

Thailand and Indonesia, along with Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam comprise the membership of Asean.

Abhisit said he would also discuss bilateral relations with the Australian, Brazilian, South Korean and Chinese leaders on the sidelines of G20 meeting.

Asean leaders are scheduled to hold a summit with Chinese, Japanese, South Korean, India, Australia and New Zealand leadership in the Thai resort of Pattaya April 10-12.


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