Updated: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand visits Sweden

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The Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra has landed at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden, at 05.25 Swedish time – the first country on her tour in Europe. She will be granted a royal meeting with the Swedish monarchs in the afternoon the same day.

Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs wrote a welcome note to the Thai Premier on his twitter: “We are warmly welcoming Thailand PM Yingluck Shinawatra, five other ministers and the important business delegation to Stockholm.”

On 4-7 March 2013, the Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, is scheduled to make an official visit to Sweden, Belgium and the European Union headquartered in Brussels.

During her visit in Sweden, the Prime Minister will be accompanied by key Cabinet members,  senior officials and CEOs from prominent Thai enterprises. The visit to Sweden will be the first in nine years by a Thai Prime Minister. During her official visit to Sweden, the Prime Minister will have an Audience with His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustav as well as a bilateral meeting and working luncheon with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Together, they will also witness the signing of the second Joint Plan of Action and the Law Enforcement Cooperation Agreement.

In addition, the Prime Minister will hold discussions with Mr. Per Westerberg, Speaker of the Riksdag, meet with representatives from leading Swedish companies and visit “SymbioCity”, a model of urban development that combines sustainable transport, energy and water usage and modern technology in an integrated manner. The Prime Minister will also attend a business dinner in Stockholm where she will deliver a keynote address to promote Thai-Swedish investment.

While in Brussels, the seat of major institutions of the European Union, the Prime Minister will have bilateral talks with the heads of the three key institutions of the European Union, namely, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Mr. Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, being the first Thai leader to meet with the leaders of all three main institutions of the European Union.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Thailand

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