Thais summon Singapore envoy over Thaksin visit

16 Jan 07

Thailand summoned Singapore’s ambassador on Tuesday after ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, now living in exile, was reported to have met two Singapore cabinet ministers over the weekend.

A Singaporean diplomat told Reuters the meeting between top Foreign Ministry official Krit Garnjana-goonchorn and Ambassador Peter Chan was scheduled for 0930 (0230 GMT), but declined to give other details.

Thai newspapers reported that Thaksin met Singapore Deputy Prime Ministers S. Jayakumar and Wong Kan Seng over the weekend. The Singapore Foreign Ministry said the meeting between Thaksin and Jayakumar was “private”.

Coming less than a week after Bangkok cancelled Thaksin’s diplomatic passport, the meeting upset army-appointed Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, who said the Foreign Ministry would have to take some “diplomatic actions” on the matter.

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