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Thai Minister calls on Shanmugam

Thailand's Acting Foreign Affairs Minister has assured Singapore that the Kingdom would remain an active and constructive member of ASEAN.

SINGAPORE: Thailand's Acting Foreign Affairs Minister has assured Singapore that the Kingdom would remain an active and constructive member of ASEAN.

Mr Sihasak Phuangketkeow said this when he called on Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam on Thursday.

Acting Minister Sihasak also updated Mr Shanmugam on the recent developments in Thailand.

Mr Shanmugam said Singapore, as a close friend of Thailand and a fellow ASEAN member, hopes that a process of reconciliation, which is helpful to Thailand, can be found.

Mr Shanmugam said Thailand is ASEAN's second largest economy, and prolonged uncertainties will affect Thailand and the region as a whole.

Therefore, Singapore joins the other ASEAN member states in expressing the hope that the situation in Thailand will return to normal as soon as possible, as peace, stability and development in Thailand are important in advancing the shared goal of an ASEAN Community by 2015.

Mr Sihasak, who is also the Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, is leading a delegation of Thai officials from the Foreign Affairs and Defence ministries on a three-day study visit to Singapore till May 31.

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