Thai PM cancels trip to ASEAN Summit in Hanoi

14:17, April 08, 2010      

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Arisman Pongruangrong (C), one of the leaders of Thailand's red-shirted protesters, speaks at a rally inside the Parliament House compound in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, April 7, 2010. Hundreds of anti-government protesters besieged the Parliament House for hours Wednesday and stormed into the compound before they withdrew and dispersed upon their leader's request. (Xinhua/Shi Xianzhen)

Thailand's Prime Minsiter Abhisit Vejjajiva Thursday morning abruptly canceled his trip to Hanoi for ASEAN Summit, and Deputy Prime Minister Trairong Suwankhiri will attend the meetings on his behalf, the Thai News Agency reported.

Earlier the Channel 7 reported Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, who has been in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi for the ASEAN ministerial meetings, will be on Ahbisit's behalf.

The cancellation was announced one day after Abhisit declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and some areas of the neighboring five provinces Wednesday afternoon to deal with the ongoing anti- government rally by "red-shirts".

According to the previous arrangement, Abhisit would leave Bangkok for Vietnam Thursday to attend the first day of the ASEAN Summit and return to Bangkok the same day, and Friday he would go to Vietnam again for the second day's meeting.

Source: Xinhua


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