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Thailand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has highlighted Thailand’s progress on the international stage as the country will begin chairing the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) meeting in June, before taking the chair of ASEAN next year.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Don Poramudwinai, explained that, over the past 3-4 years, official exchanges between Thailand and other countries have grown in frequency and the nation has been successful in cooperating with other countries and achieving mutual benefits. He stated that, while progress along the national roadmap has slowed somewhat, it is important for Thailand to maintain the confidence of and acceptance by the international community.
On the subject of a political rally, scheduled for May 22 to mark the fourth anniversary of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and to call for elections, the minister said international opinion will only be affected if conflict occurs. He stated a peaceful nation will benefit Thais and foreigners in the country alike and that achieving true peace as soon as possible would be the best way to address the interests of all the country’s citizens. He remarked that as Thailand has extended a friendly hand to all nations, it expects reciprocation.