The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand
on Friday paid his respects to Filipino national hero, Dr. Jose P.
Rizal, by laying a wreath at his monument at the Rizal Park in
Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha is in
Manila for a two-day official visit from August 27 to 28 at the
invitation of President Benigno S. Aquino III.
This is his
first visit to the Philippines since assuming office in August 2014.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the visit aims to
further strengthen Philippine-Thailand relations.
Minister Prayut arrived at the Rizal Park for the wreath-laying
ceremony at 9:38 a.m., and was welcomed by former president and
incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Trade Secretary Gregory
Domingo and other officials.
The Prime Minister was
accompanied by his spouse, Madame Naraporn Chan-o-cha, and members
of the Thai delegation in offering flowers to the Philippines’
national hero. He was accorded military honors with a 21-gun salute.
The visiting Thai leader also received the symbolic “key to the
city” from Mayor Estrada during the wreath-laying ceremony.
Prime Minister Prayut, together with the
members of his official delegation, left Rizal Park at 9:48 a.m. for
Malacañang for a bilateral meeting with President Aquino.
The DFA earlier said the two leaders would
discuss matters of mutual concern, such as defense, law enforcement,
education, trade and investment, agriculture, tourism, security,
technical cooperation, and Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Thailand is the Philippines’ eighth largest
trading partner in 2014, with total two-way trade amounting to
US$5.83 billion. Both countries enjoy excellent and cordial
relations at the bilateral, regional, and multilateral levels. PND
(full story: 08.28.15)