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Thai PM discharged from hospital, leaves for Vietnam

BANGKOK, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) — Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been discharged from a Bangkok hospital Wednesday noon and left for an official one-day introductory visit to Vietnam, the Mass Communication of Thailand (MCOT) reported on Wednesday.

Yingluck was admitted to Rama 9 Hospital early Tuesday after suffering from diarrhoea due to food poisoning.

Hospital Deputy Director Arthit Jearanaisilawong said the premier was discharged at noon to travel to Vietnam as planned. However, for her safety, the hospital has assigned Dr Wichai Siriboonkhum, her personal physician, to accompany her during the trip.

He said Yingluck is still fatigued and should rest, but it is not necessary to stay in hospital. After the trip, he said, the premier should have a further medical check-up.

Arthit said her doctors believed her food poisoning may have come from contaminated seafood or sauce, but they needed a couple of days to find the cause.

The premier left Thailand at 1 p.m. local time for Vietnam, the sixth ASEAN member country Yingluck has visited, after Myanmar, the Lao PDR, Cambodia, Indonesia and Brunei.

She will take this opportunity to reaffirm Thailand’s policy to strengthen bilateral relations with Vietnam in economy, trade and investment, particularly in mutual cooperation as strategic partners.

Thailand and Vietnam mark the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year.

Upon the arrival, Yingluck will meet her Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung for bilateral talks. This will be their second encounter after meeting on the sidelines of the 19th ASEAN Summit in Bali, Indonesia earlier this month.

Yingluck will discuss cooperation in natural disaster prevention and management after both Thailand and Vietnam were hard hit by floods and see the importance of water resource management.

Cooperation on the Mekong River and trade and investment covering construction, energy, rice and tourism will also be included in the agenda.

During the visit, Yingluck will also make a courtesy call on Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang before returning to Bangkok tonight.


Written by Kham

30/11/2011 at 6:44 pm

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