Sweden’s Foreign Minister Visits Thailand

Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Carl Bildt will be in Bangkok on Tuesday and Wednesday, 24-25 April, for meetings with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Foreign Dr. Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, leader of the oppositionm, former PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and civil society representatives. The focus of the visit is deeper relations between Sweden and Thailand.
 Mr Bildt will also give a speech at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand on Wednesday 25 April on relations between the EU and ASEAN. The evening starts with a dinner buffet at 18.30 and can be attended by members of the FCCT and their guests. For FCCT Members there is no cover charge, but the buffet dinner is 350 baht. For non-members, there is a 650 baht charge for buffet dinner including cover charge.
 Mr Bildt is one of Europe’s most active and outspoken foreign ministers, perennially engaged with frontline issues and events, and will be coming to Thailand soon after hosting the Stockholm Internet Forum on Internet Freedom for Global Development.
 From 1991-94 he was Prime Minister of Sweden, and from 1999-2001 the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to the Balkans. From 1996-1997 he was the High Representative of the International Community for reconstruction and peace implementation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 1986-1999 he was party leader of Sweden’s Moderate Party. He has also been an advisor to, among others, the European Space Agency, and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
 His visit to Thailand is his first ever.


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