Transcript of the Prime Minister's meeting with the Thai Prime Minister

Transcript of the Prime Minister David Cameron's meeting with Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, at Number 10 Downing Street.

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The Rt Hon David Cameron

Prime Minister

Well thank you. It’s a great privilege and pleasure to welcome the Prime Minister of Thailand here to Number 10 Downing Street. We’ve started our discussions and we’ll be talking further later. We’re starting a strategic dialogue between Britain and Thailand to cover all the elements of our relationship.

Clearly, there’s an important economic relationship. We’re both big investors into each other’s countries, we want to see that expand and I’m delighted that, Prime Minister, you brought so many strong Thai businesses to Britain this week and I look forward to doing the same when I come to Thailand in the future. We have a strong people to people relationship, there are many British visitors to your country and many Thai students and Thai businesses here in Britain.

Also I want us to have a strong strategic dialogue where we talk about all of the security issues that we face around the world, but perhaps particularly in your region where we can discuss the transition in Burma and the other regional issues which will be very important to address later today. So thank you very much for coming, you’re very welcome.

Yingluck Shinawatra

Thank you very much Prime Minister. First of all I think we would really like to express the appreciation from our government for the very warm welcome and hospitalities. And also I have to give congratulations on the success of the Olympics and Paralympics. And this trip will be the proudest in my life: I have been granted an audience to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. I think this will be the proudest moment in my life.

And also - we look forward to having a strategic dialogue with you . So we believe that this is another way for us to keep growing on the collaboration that we have and also to keep increasing the trade and investment between us.

And also I think on the strong people to people relationship we have, I think here is the preferred destination for Thai people and Thai students. So we believe that the success of this bilateral will be to expand our areas of collaboration. And I also extend my invitation for you Prime Minister to come on an official visit to Thailand.

Published 14 November 2012