Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will pay official visits to about 10 countries this year, adding to her tally of about 30 nations she has visited since taking office in August 2011.
Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said yesterday the premier's travel itinerary will include visits to Mongolia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, the United States, Canada, South Africa, and Russia in the coming year.
The government also has plans to invite the leaders of Britain, India, and Germany to visit Thailand.
"Prime Minister Yingluck is welcomed to every country she visits because she is a democratically elected female prime minister. She can proudly say she is an elected prime minister anywhere she goes," he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Surapong confirmed plans for the ministry to open new embassies or consulates in 28 countries, including two more consulates in China and one in Papua New Guinea.
About 500 new staff would be deployed to the new diplomatic missions, he said.
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