BANGKOK — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not traveling to Thailand to meet junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha, the social media giant said Wednesday.
Two days after the government announced the news, a Facebook Thailand spokesperson told Khaosod English that no such meeting was planned.
“There are no plans currently for any of our senior leaders to visit Thailand,” read a brief statement that did not elaborate.
A deputy prime minister told reporters Monday that Zuckerberg would visit Prayuth in Thailand in October.
At a Monday news conference, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said Zuckerberg would arrive Oct. 30 in Bangkok to meet Prayuth for talks about e-commerce. He went on to elaborate potential benefits from the meeting.
“It’s a good opportunity for us that a global-level online entrepreneur is visiting. Online entrepreneurs in the United States and China are turning toward cooperating with ASEAN and opening branches in Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam,” Somkid said. “Thailand is one of the countries being watched and considered for world partnerships.”
Somkid also said representatives from Amazon.com would visit the junta leader in November.
Somkid was receiving King Vajiralongkorn at Sanam Luang and could not be reached for comment by Wednesday evening.