Thai Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj arrived in Manila on Monday (21 July) for a three day official visit to the Philippines.
GV aircraft taxiing on tarmac
MV Filipino girls performing welcoming dance
GV Kukrit down aircraft steps and greeted by Marcos and other officials (2 shots)
SV Kukrit greeted by Thai delegation
GV Kukrit and Marcos review honour guard (2 shots)
GV Kukrit and Marcos taking salute on dais
SV Filipino children dancing
GV Kukrit with marcos walking across tarmac among dancers
GV motorcade through Manila streets
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Background: Thai Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj arrived in Manila on Monday (21 July) for a three day official visit to the Philippines.
Mr. Kukrit, accompanied by a 12-member official party, was greeted by President and Mrs. Marcos, cabinet members and members of the diplomatic corps at Manila International Airport.
After reviewing a military honour guard the Thai Prime Minister saw dance display by hundred of young Filipino boys and girls.
During his visit, Mr. Kukrit is expected to discuss with Mr. Marcos the problem of Southeast Asian security in light of the new political situation in Indochina and implications of the continued presence in the region of American military bases.
The United States maintain about half a dozen bases in Thailand and two major bases in the Philippines.
The two leaders are also expected to discuss the future role of the Southeast Asian Treaty Organisation (SEATO) and cooperation within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
In recent years, a consensus has been growing among Southeast Asia leaders that SEATO -- formed originally as an anti-communist military alliance with non-Asian powers such as Britain, France and the United States -- may have become outmoded.
Manila is the first stop in Mr. Kukrit's two-nation Southeast Asian trip. He will lease for Singapore on Thursday (24 July) for talks with Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew.