Prime Minister of Thailand will visit Philippines, aims to strengthen relations.
Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will have his first visit in Philippines. The 61 year-old Prayut Chan-o-cha is a retired Thai army officer after serving as Prime Minister of Thailand. A warm and friendly relationship of both countries, established in 14 June 1949 as Thailand considered as one of major trade partners and source of rice through Thai exports in the Philippines.
Relations continues to strengthen through talks and agreements. Economic, security and cultural matters including concerns on Rice trade, fight on drugs and human trafficking as primary concern. During Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos’ term and President Corazon Aquino’s administration, relations of both countries were neglected, due to economic crisis and the political situation in the Philippines, and strengthened again after the said period.
Department of Foreign Affairs stated, his visit “hopes to deepen the Philippines’ partnership with Thailand, a long-time ally and fellow founding member of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)”.The two countries “enjoy excellent and cordial relations at the bilateral, regional, and multilateral levels.”
Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-cha visit to Philippines aimed to strengthen and boost relations, with follow-up on resolutions of the discussion made during the 22nd APEC Summit in November 2014 and to discuss on trade, investment, education and air service. With Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-cha task including a courtesy call and bilateral meeting with President of the Philippines, and a joint notice at the Philippine Presidential Residence and wreath laying at the Jose Rizal Monument.
Having good relation, Thailand and Philippines signed three agreements on taxation, energy as well as business cooperation during a high-level Thai delegation’s visit to the Philippines. This includes agreement between the education ministries of the two countries, signed on exchange of English language teachers to improve language proficiency of the Thai nationals. IMAGE/AP