BANGKOK, 13 May 2012 Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is making a visit to Bahrain, her very first official visit to the Middle Eastern region, during May 13-15, 2012, to promote cooperation in trade and investment as well as other aspects of bilateral ties.
Accompanied by 50 Thai businesspersons, Prime Minister Yingluck said that Bahrain has long been in a good relationship with Thailand. While that country is targeting food security enhancement and Bahraini businesspersons are interested in investing in Thailand, the PM pointed out that this visit would provide a good opportunity for Thailand to cooperate with Bahrain in the field. The Prime Minister expected her talks with Bahraini officials would help Thailand prepare for further engagement in trade and manufacturing of food with that country. She also reiterated that this visit would allow the two countries to negotiate halal food trade agreements which will bolster Thailand to become hub for halal food exports to Middle Eastern countries.
Additionally, with Bahrain’s international airport expansion and development project currently underway, Prime Minister Yingluck stated that it could be a good chance for Thailand to collaborate in terms of construction projects and supply of skilled workers.
During this official visit, Prime Minister Yingluck will be granted an audience by King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa. She will also attend a meeting with Bahrain’s Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, which will include cabinet members from the two countries. A number of memorandums of understanding aiming to bolster ties in the fields of culture and tourism will be signed during the visit.
On this occasion, Prime Minister Yingluck will thank Bahrain for its long support for Thailand at the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) regarding the violence in the South.
(NNT : Narumon Ngamsaithong)