MANILA, Philippines – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is in the country Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, for an official visit.
Shinawatra arrived at the country on Thursday morning, and was welcomed at Malacañang Palace by President Aquino at around 11 am. Aquino will later hold a luncheon for the visiting leader.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Shinawatra’s visit aims to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two Southeast Asian nations.
“There will be a bilateral discussion with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the topics to be discussed will be cooperation on energy, agriculture, defense, culture, education, combating drug trafficking, and disaster risk reduction and management, among others,” he said in a press briefing Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.
The Philippines and Thailand are commemorating 63 years of diplomatic ties this year, Malacañang said.
Shinawatra, 44, is the youngest sister of former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Prior to entering politics, she was a highly successful business executive, and was once the president of the country’s largest mobile phone operator. – Rappler.com