By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER SRETTHA Thavisin today (Sep.18) categorically dismissed news reports that some private businesspersons are joining his entourage on an official trip to the United States tonight (Sep.18).
The prime minister denied that an estimated 50 members of his entourage include certain private businesspersons who might probably otherwise pay in part for a Thai Airways International chartered flight in which he is leaving for New York to attend the 78th United Nations General Assembly and hold talks with world leaders from tomorrow until Sunday.
But when asked by reporters at Government House, Srettha stopped short of either confirming or denying that his THAI chartered flight has cost as much as 30 million baht of the taxpayer’s money as earlier reported.
The prime minister declined to say why a jet plane of the Thai air force was not considered for official use as had been the case of his predecessors in lieu of the expensive national flag carrier.
Accompanying the prime minister to the US are Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Foreign Minister Panpree Pahitthanukorn, other cabinet members, government advisers and government officials, among others.
Top and Front Page: Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin at Suvarnabhumi Airport to fly to New York on a Thai Airways International chartered flight. Photos: Matichon