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Thai PM to attend ASEAN summit in Jarkarta early May

04-29-2011 16:25 BJT

BANGKOK, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will attend the 18th ASEAN Summit to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from May 7 to 8, an official said on Friday.

Pornchai Danvivathana, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Affairs Department Deputy Director-General, said in a press briefing that ASEAN leaders will be signing a draft joint declaration on the 'ASEAN Community in the Global Community', affirming ASEAN visions in the face of new challenges in the 21st century.

ASEAN leaders will also sign a joint declaration on the establishment of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation aimed at enhancing regional security and solving disputes among ASEAN members in peaceful manners, he said.

Moreover, Prime Minister Abhisit is expected to have bilateral discussions with leaders from Myanmar and Laos. However, it remains unclear if the Thai-Cambodian border dispute will be raised in the summit or not.

The 18th ASEAN Summit and its related meetings will be held in Jakarta from early next month. The summit will be preceded by many related meetings, such as the ASEAN-EU Business Summit and ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM).

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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