BANGKOK, 3 May 2012 A high-level delegation from the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will visit Thailand from May 7th-13th, 2012 to follow up on the situation in the South and to enter a discussion with local residents and members of the Islamic community in the region.
Mr. Thani Thongphakdi, Director-General of the Information Department and Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, and Mr. Narong Sasithorn, Director-General of the Department of South Asian, Middle East and African Affairs today gave a press briefing regarding the OIC delegation’s visit to Thailand next week.
In Bangkok, the OIC team, led by special envoy and advisor to the secretary-general of the OIC Sayed Kassem El-Masry, will be briefed about the Thai government’s efforts in restoring peace in the southernmost provinces and the latest development surrounding the situation in the restive South.
They are also scheduled to meet with the Thai Foreign Minister, the Secretary General of the National Security Council as well as the Secretary General of the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre and the 4th Army Commander.
The delegation will also make a field trip to the South to converse with Thai Muslims, local authorities and southern academics. Topics of their interest include living conditions of about 8 million Thai Muslims in the society, their participation in social activities and the climate of impunity.
The OIC’s visit is reflecting the continuous efforts between Thailand and the organization in improving the economic and social conditions for southern residents.
(NNT : NUPPOL SUVANSOMBUT)