S'pore supports Thai ASEAN chairman's statement on Myanmar

Sunday, August 16, 2009

By Bhagman Singh
Channel NewsAsia
15 August 2009

SINGAPORE: Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya is in Singapore for a two-day visit.

In his meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo on Saturday, they discussed regional developments, including the recent trial verdict of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi.

An MFA statement said Mr Yeo affirmed Singapore's support for the Thai ASEAN chairman's statement on Myanmar, which was released on August 11.

He also expressed Singapore's support for Mr Kasit's proposal for a joint appeal letter from ASEAN foreign ministers to the Myanmar government, asking them to grant Ms Suu Kyi amnesty for the remainder of her sentence and to allow her to decide for herself whether to participate in the General Elections scheduled for 2010.

The ministers touched on bilateral relations as well and reaffirmed the excellent cooperation between the two countries.

Mr Yeo said he is looking forward to welcoming Mr Kasit back to Singapore from October 13 to 14 to co-officiate the opening of the 9th Coordinating Meeting of the Thailand-Singapore Civil Service Exchange Programme (CSEP).


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