MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
18 October 1999
Visit to Thailand And Singapore
I will be visiting Thailand and Singapore this week, 18 - 20 October, for discussions on East Timor and to attend the East Asian Economic Summit.
During my visit to Thailand (18 - 19 October) I shall meet with the Thai Prime Minister, Mr Chuan Leekpai, and other figures in the Government and military to convey Australia's appreciation for the important contribution that Thailand has made to the INTERFET multinational force in East Timor.
There has been a high level of regional cooperation on developing a solution to the East Timor problem.
Australia has welcomed the strong commitment made by Thailand in supporting and helping to lead INTERFET, in particular the role played by the Deputy Commander, Major General Songkitti Jaggabatara, and members of the significant Thai contingent. Thailand is one of 14 countries participating in the multinational force.
In Singapore, I will attend the East Asia Economic Summit on 20 October. The Summit is held annually and is a significant economic event in Asia organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF). It draws together political leaders and high level corporate executives from the region.
I will speak at a plenerary session entitled "Can Asia Avoid an Era of Instability", other speakers include US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Stanley Roth, and Yang Jiemian, of the Shanghai Institute for International Studies.
I will also provide the keynote speech at a lunch to promote
to Asian political and business leaders the next WEF East Asia
Economic Summit which will be held in Melbourne from 11 to 13
September 2000. The lunch is being hosted by the Australian organisers
of the Melbourne Summit.
Ministerial - Innes Willox (02) 6277 7500
Departmental - Mark Croxford (02) 6261 1555
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