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Thai premier Chan-o-cha to visit Philippines

THE Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-cha, is set to go on a two-day state visit to the Philippines beginning Thursday, August 27.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the official visit to the Philippines, which will be until August 28, was set upon the invitation of President Benigno Aquino III.

"This visit hopes to deepen the Philippines' partnership with Thailand, a fellow founding member of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and a long-time friend," said the DFA.

The visit is Chan-o-cha's first visit to the Philippines since he assumed office in August 2014.

During the visit, the two state leaders are set to look into ways to work closely together towards mutual prosperity and contribute to further strengthen Asean's post-2015 vision.

They are also set to discuss matters of mutual concern such as defense, law enforcement, education, trade and investments, agriculture, tourism, security, technical cooperation, and Asean matters, among others.

"The Philippines and Thailand enjoy excellent and cordial relations at the bilateral, regional, and multilateral levels," said the DFA.

The visit of the Thai PM comes just more than a week after the bomb blast that struck Bangkok, wherein a Filipina was among the 120 injured individuals. (HDT/Sunnex)

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