Friday, 14 August 2009

Arrival Honors for His Excellency Abhisit Vejjajiva PM of the Kingdom of Thailand

PGMA receives Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva

Shielded by clouds from the scorching 2:30 p.m. sunshine, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo received today Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at the lush grounds of the Presidential Security Group compound where a red carpet and 19-gun salute greeted the visitor after the playing of the national anthems of both countries.

Dressed in sweet peach long-sleeved blouse and dark pants, the President and Abhisit walked through the red carpet towards the stage for the arrival honors.

They entered the Bahay Pangarap where Abhisit signed the official guest book and held a 10-minute tete a tete before photographers.

The one-day official visit is aimed at further strengthening the 60-year diplomatic ties between the two countries. Bilateral talks are expected to benefit not just the two countries but the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Both heads of governments proceeded to a long table where delegations of the two governments waited for the holding of bilateral talks. On the side of the Philippines were Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael Seguis and Philippine Ambassador to Thailand Antonio V. Rodriguez.

At 3:35 p.m. the Prime Minister proceeded to Rizal Park for a wreath laying. He will be given private cocktails at 6:35 p.m. prior to the dinner at the State Dining Room of Malacanang. (PND)

After the 7 p.m. dinner, the Prime Minister and his delegation will proceed to the Airport for his flight back home.

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