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China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam line up bilateral talks with Thailand during Apec Summit

China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam line up bilateral talks with Thailand during Apec Summit

The leaders of China, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam will attend the Apec Summit in Bangkok next week with their full delegations and will hold bilateral talks with the Thai government on the sidelines of the summit, a top official said on Monday.

Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said leaders of the three Apec members will arrive with their full delegations for the summit and also hold talks with the Prayut administration at Government House.

The spokesman said 15 Apec members have confirmed that their leaders would be attending the summit on November 18-19, while the United States, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico and Taiwan will send representatives.

The spokesman said Russia has yet to confirm whether its president Vladimir Putin would attend the summit.

Apec activities would start from November 14 with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presiding over the opening ceremony of the Bio-Circular-Green economy concept, the spokesman added.

The spokesman said the Bangkok summit is very significant because it would be the first summit in three years with the physical presence of Apec leaders since the Covid pandemic.

He said the government has made adequate preparations and more than 90 per cent of the work has been done with full security measures in place and rehearsals being held.

Apart from the Apec Summit, Prayut will attend the Asean Summit in Cambodia from November 10 to 13. On the sidelines of the Asean Summit, Prayut will hold a meeting of the tripartite economic development plan of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand on November 10 in Phnom Penh, the spokesman added.

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