CHON BURI: Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Sunday early morning commanded a reception for visitors going to the opening of International Fleet Evaluation 2017, hosted by the Thai Navy at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel in Pattaya.
The fleet evaluation and associated activities are being held in between Nov 13-22 to mark the 50th anniversary of the facility of the Association of Southeast Asian Countries (Asean).
Gen Prawit talked at the opening event.
Admiral Naris Prathumsuwan, leader of the navy, stated the occasion is an outcome of the 8th conference of the Asean navy leaders in Bangkok, which passed a resolution for the Thai navy to host the International Fleet Evaluation to mark the 50th starting anniversary of Asean.
This was authorized by the cabinet on Jan 28, 2015. All activities associated with the occasion are being kept in Pattaya and close-by locations, with the objective of promoting Thailand’s image as a traveler location.
The International Fleet Evaluation itself happens on Monday in Pattaya Bay on the upper Gulf of Thailand. An overall of 40 ships will get involved; 15 from Thailand and 25 from 19 other nations. Other activities will consist of the first Asean Multilateral Workout and the 11th Asean Navy Commanders’ Fulfilling.
Gen Prawit’s look at the reception was his very first considering that vanishing from view on Tuesday.
He apparently looked weak, being supported by his guards and reacting really gradually to press reporters’ concerns.
Gen Prawit, nevertheless, insisted he remained in health. He stated he had actually been on leave for a couple of days however did not state whether he had actually taken a trip abroad.
Gen Prawit declined to respond to concerns about a cabinet reshuffle and a report that Gen Chanchai Changmongkol had actually resigned as a National Legal Assembly member in order to sign up with the cabinet.