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Prayut pledges to back SDGs

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Prayut pledges to back SDGs

Claims Asean will be ‘people-centric’

Gen Prayut was quoted as reiterating that Thailand will promote Asean to become a people-centric community.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has promised UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that Thailand will support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The premier voiced his support in talks with Mr Guterres on Thursday, the last day of his visit to the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly (74th UNGA), in New York.

Gen Prayut was quoted as reiterating that Thailand will promote Asean to become a people-centric community.

He also told the UN secretary-general that Thailand stands ready to take forward the sustainable development agenda, in line with the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

In return, the UN chief commended Thailand, the chair of Asean, for advancing sustainability since it aligns with the UN’s SDGs.

The premier left the US on Thursday and was due back in Thailand yesterday, marking the completion of his one-week trip to New York for the 74th UNGA.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Busadee Santipitaks, said Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai held talks with Grenadian, Kuwaiti and Moroccan counterparts on the sidelines of the meeting.

Ms Busadee said Mr Don spoke with Grenadian Foreign Minister Peter Charles David to deepen their engagement, which includes the opening of a Grenadian embassy in Thailand.

“This year marks the 40th anniversary of Thai-Grenadian diplomatic ties. Despite being a small country in the Caribbean near Latin America, Grenada has good ties with Thailand. They discussed ways to boost trade, tourism, and agriculture cooperation.

“We have yet to establish embassies in each other’s countries. Presently, we make diplomatic contact via the US embassy in Ottawa and the Embassy of Grenada in Beijing,” she said.

Mr Don also talked to Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamed Al-Sabah to forge closer ties.

“This year marks the 56th anniversary of bilateral ties. Kuwait has sought to improve trade, agriculture, and fisheries with Thailand especially due to its success in sustainable fishing practices. Besides, Kuwait also requires skilled labour. At the moment, around 3,000 Thai labourers are working in Kuwait.”

“They agreed to set up a joint commission at the ministerial level. The signing is expected this year or next. It will provide a platform for us to follow up on proposals,” she said.

The bilateral talk with Kuwait also touched on regional issues. “Mr Don discussed with his counterpart how Asean is pushing for the repatriation of displaced people in Rakhine. Mr Don also hoped that the recent situation in Saudi Arabia would improve,” she said.

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