Vienna, 23 March 2005 Press release

Foreign Minister travels to Thailand and Bhutan


Plassnik on journey to Asia from 24 to 28 March

Vienna, 23 March 2005 - Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik will travel to Asia from 24 to 28 March 2005. The Foreign Minister is scheduled to visit Thailand and the Kingdom of Bhutan, a country in the focus of Austrian Development Cooperation.

A meeting with Plassnik's Thai counterpart is scheduled to take place in Bangkok. Amongst other things, the Austrian Foreign Minister will seize the opportunity to thank the people and government of Thailand for their assistance to the Austrian victims of the tsunami disaster.

In the Kingdom of Bhutan, the Austrian Foreign Minister will have an audience with His Majesty the King, and will meet the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. Development cooperation will be the most important item on the agenda during Plassnik's stay in the Himalayan Kingdom. Ms. Plassnik and the Prime Minister will open the lower stage of the Basochhu hydroelectric power plant on 26 March. The power plant is the largest Austrian Development Cooperation project in Bhutan. On Easter Sunday, the Foreign Minister will visit Trongsa Dzong, the fortress/monastery recently restored with technical and financial support from Austria.