Prawit orders security review ahead of Asean summit

Prawit orders security review ahead of Asean summit

Security will be tightened during the Asean summit from Nov 2-4. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Security will be tightened during the Asean summit from Nov 2-4. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has ordered a comprehensive review of all security procedures in preparation for the upcoming 35th Asean summit, says Defence Ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantravanich.

Lt Gen Kongcheep said Gen Prawit, who oversees national security, has instructed the relevant agencies to review security plans and check their readiness to implement them during the three-day summit starting on Nov 2. The agencies have been told to be on the lookout for any developing situations and work to ensure that security measures are enforced in compliance with international standards.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang are among the leaders who will attend the three-day summit, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Deputy national police chief Suwat Chaengyotsuk earlier said that up to 10,000 police officers will be deployed to secure the summit as it is the year's final meeting of world leaders under the Asean umbrella. Yesterday, Lt Gen Kongcheep said intelligence operations will be stepped up in order to head off any situation which could disrupt the high-level meet.

Related agencies will work together in close coordination with one another. These include the Interior Ministry, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, and the Royal Thai Police, which will checking closed-circuit cameras in public areas of Bangkok and surrounding provinces to ensure they are in working order.

Security operations will also be integrated for the effective screening of people passing through border checkpoints, the spokesman said.

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