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PM to meet Trump in Washington in October

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will visit the United States in October upon an invitation from US President Donald Trump, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said on Tuesday (Aug 15).

Exact date of the Premier's visit, however, has not been set, Mr Don said.

He said trade and security in the region as well as the Korean Peninsula would be on the agenda when the prime minister meets US President Donald Trump.

The foreign minister also commented on media reports that the US is pressuring Thailand to do more on sanctioning North Korea. He said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not raise the issue when he paid a courtesy call on Gen Prayut at Government House on Aug 8.

He said the US intended only for one goal that is to disarm North Korea.

Mr Tillerson's visit to Thailand last week was the highest level visit by a US official since the military took power in a 2014 coup.

Mr Don said Thailand would stick to the stance which was agreed at the Asean ministerial meeting in Manila that Asean would like to see negotiation to resolve the conflict while Thailand will adhere to the United Nations framework for peace.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)