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August 21, 2013 12:21 pm

Yingluck arrived in Islamabad yesterday for an official visit to reinforce amicable relations with Pakistan's newly elected government and build a strong economic partnership between the two nations, Thai News Agency reported.

Yingluck's trip marks the first official visit of a Thai prime minister in 11 years and reaffirms more than six decades of close and cordial relations.

Following the official welcoming ceremony, Yingluck met with Thai private sector representatives to listen to their experiences and challenges as well as to discuss opportunities for trade and investment in Pakistan.

She later met with the recently elected premier Muhammad Nawaz Sharif with both leaders discussing bilateral cooperation to strengthen Thai-Pakistani trade and investment relations, multilateral cooperation and other issues of mutual interest.

The two premiers witnessed the signing of three documents including a visa exemption agreement for diplomats, and MoUs on setting up a Joint Trade Committee and a Joint Business Council.

The Prime Minister was accompanied on her trip by 25 representatives from Thai private sector companies with potential for business in food and agricultural products, energy/alternative energy, gems and jewellery, hospitals/medicine, tourism, and construction.

The Thai visitors met and paired with their Pakistani counterparts to strengthen the existing business network and explore trade and investment opportunities.

Yingluck will return to Bangkok on Wednesday.

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