Australia's PM hails Thailand's first female prime minister

Australia's PM hails Thailand's first female prime minister

Australia's PM hails Thailand's first female prime minister

Updated 28 May 2012, 14:04 AEST

The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott have welcomed the Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to Canberra.

A ceremony honouring Ms Yingluck has been held at Parliament House.

Ms Gillard says the visit is especially significant because Ms Yingluck is Thailand's first female Prime Minister.

She also spoke of the strong economic ties between the two countries.

"Thailand has become Australia's ninth largest trading partner. Australia is now Thailand's sixth largest partner, with further liberalisation the trading relationship I believe will become even stronger," she said.

Ms Yingluck is on a three day official visit to discuss bilateral trade and investment between the two countries.

She was greeted in central Sydney by a crowd of people, members of Australia's huge Thai community.