Thailand's Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya starts his two-day official visit to the Philippines today with a meeting with his counterpart Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo and other officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Kasit and Romulo are expected to discuss bilateral and regional issues, including the global financial crisis, even as Philippine officials are ready to intensify political and socio-economic ties between the two countries.
Kasit, who was appointed by Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej last Dec. 22, will be in Manila on Feb.8 and 9 upon invitation of Romulo.
A seasoned diplomat, Kasit had served as ambassador to Germany, Japan, and the United States. He was educated at Georgetown University, and the Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands.
During his brief visit to Manila, he is expected to meet President Arroyo with whom he is expected to tackle bilateral and regional issues and concerns, including the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Philippines-Thai diplomatic relations.
They will also tackle the 16th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit to be held in Hua Hin, Thailand onFeb. 27 to March 1. The ASEAN Leaders' summit was supposed to be held last December but it was rescheduled due to political and civil unrest in Bangkok at that time.
"The two foreign ministers are also expected to exchange views on the financial crisis facing the region and the world," the DFA said. …