Fighter jet and trade talks to continue after Thaksin visit

Thailand will intensify discussions with Sweden about a possible barter deal for JAS Gripen fighter jets.
     Commerce Minister Watana Muangsook has been assigned to lead the Thai side’s negotiations with the Swedish government and the aircraft supplier Saab.
     Bilateral cooperation in trade, such as investment, tourism, science, bio-technology, pharmaceuticals and design.
     That is the main outcome of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s official visit to Sweden 23-24 September.
     Thaksin led a large delegation of ministers, advisers and Thai CEO’s from all important industry segments in Thailand.
     Sweden’s Prime Minister Göran Persson reiterated his government’s support to a Gripen deal with Thailand and underscored that the business side of that agreement must be negotiated by Saab.

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