South Korean envoy hails improvements under junta

national June 27, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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The South Korean government believes the political situation in Thailand has improved since the junta took over and hence it will encourage its investors and tourists to return to the Kingdom, the country's envoy said yesterday.



South Korean Ambassador to Thailand Jeon Jae-man said that though the political turmoil had negatively affected bilateral ties, particularly in terms of economic, investment and tourism cooperation, things had significantly improved since the junta took over and began working on “returning happiness to people”. 
The diplomat conveyed this message at a meeting with Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, who is also deputy chief of the National Council for Peace and Order and oversees economic issues. 
Air Force spokesman Air Vice Marshal Monthon Satchukorn quoted the ambassador as saying that his government would encourage investors and tourists to return to the Kingdom. 
 
Long-standing ties to continue
The number of South Korean arrivals dropped recently because of the uncertain situation, the envoy said, adding that the two countries had been close friends for a long time and that this friendship would continue. 
Monthon also quoted Prajin as thanking Jeon and saying that the junta’s “returning happiness” policy did not just cover Thais but also other nationals living in Thailand. 

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