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PM Srettha to miss Asean Summit – official


By Reuters and published by Yahoo!News

PRIME Minister Srettha Thavisin will miss a regional meeting of Asia’s leaders in Jakarta next week, the foreign ministry said on Sunday (Sep. 3).

Srettha won a parliamentary vote to become prime minister last month and his cabinet was endorsed by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Saturday.

The prime minister and his cabinet are due to take an oath before an audience with His Majesty the King on Tuesday and will then deliver a policy address in parliament. They can then officially carry out their duties.

Permanent secretary Sarun Charoensuwan will represent Thailand at the Association of Southeast Asia Nation (Asean) Summit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. It did not say specifically why the prime minister was not attending.


Top: Pheu Thai’s Srettha Thavisin arrives at the party headquarters in Bangkok. Photo: Reuters and published by Yahoo!News

Front Page: A soldier walks past the flags of Asean member nations, ahead of the 42nd Asean Summit held in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia on May 8, 2023. File photo: Reuters/Willy Kurniawan and published by CNA

{Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um; Writing by Chayut Setboonsarng; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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