Foreign Minister shrugs off lack of invite to democracy summit

Thailand’s Foreign Minister has shrugged off the reality that Thailand has not been invited to a democracy summit being hosted by the US. Thai PBS World reviews that Don Pramudwinai says the occasion is, “nothing greater than pure politics”. The summit is scheduled to happen from December 9-10 and Thailand has been left off the visitor list. Controversially, Taiwan has not.
During a House of Representatives session, Don was asked by opposition MP Suthin Klangsaeng from the Pheu Thai get together why Thailand had not been invited. He responded by dismissing the event and pointing out that not all ASEAN international locations are on the guest list. Bonus suggested that maybe it was a good factor Thailand had not been invited.
“It’s Straightforward than pure politics being played by some countries towards each other. Some international locations which have democratic elections were not invited either. Maybe, we must be glad that we were not invited. This may become a double-edged sword.”

The US State Department has invited Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines to take part in the occasion, which plans to handle diminishing human rights and freedoms worldwide. In total, one hundred ten participants have made the guest listing, however China and Russia have not. Not solely that, however China has been left furious by the US inviting Taiwan to participate, with Zhao Lijian from China’s Foreign Ministry issuing an announcement confirming the government’s opposition.
“U.S. actions only go to indicate democracy is only a cowl and a tool for it to advance its geopolitical objectives, oppress different nations, divide the world and serve its personal interests.”

Taiwan has accepted the invitation to the summit and shall be represented by its de-facto ambassador in Washington, Hsiao Bi-khim, along with Digital Minister Audrey Tang.
“Our country’s invitation to participate within the ‘Summit for Democracy’ is an affirmation of Taiwan’s efforts to promote the values of democracy and human rights over the years.”

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