PM fumes over Thaksin Singapore trip

15 Jan 07

Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been in Singapore, and met with Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister S Jayakumar, officials confirmed today.

Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont has ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a full report, and appeared angry.

The prime minister said in Cebu that he did not bring up the issue in discussions with the Singaporean prime minister at the Asean summit – but “discussions with Singapore will take place” through diplomatic channels after he returns to Bangkok.

Foreign Minister Nitya Pibulsonggram played down the Singapore report. Mr Thaksin was in Singapore on a private visit, he said.

According to diplomats, Mr Thaksin had asked to meet Mr Jayakumar, who is an old friend.

The meeting was purely social and private, said Mr Nitya. The foreign ministry had no comment.

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