Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha plans to visit Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district either tomorrow or on Saturday to meet with families of the 12 footballers and their coach who are being trapped in the cave and to give moral support to teams of rescuers currently on a search and rescue mission, government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Thursday.
Lt Gen Sansern said Gen Prayut expressed grave concerns over the fate of the missing 13 at yesterday’s cabinet meeting. The prime minister also conveyed to the cabinet His Majesty the King’s concerns over their plight, he added.
The spokesman said Gen Prayut will go to Mae Sai district on either June 29 or 30 to meet the relatives and parents of the missing persons and give moral support to officials on the search and rescue mission at Tham Luang cave as well as to rescue teams from other countries.
The prime minister has made it clear that he does not want local officials to mobilize people to welcome him as he did not want the search and rescue mission to be distracted.
Gen Prayut will personally talk to officials concerned if he has questions, Lt Gen Sansern said adding that the prime minister’s itinerary will be worked out today.
The prime minister also want news media to avoid coverage that can hurt the feeling of the relatives of the missing and the people who are praying for their safe return, he said.
Lt Gen Sansern said Gen Prayut also wants the media to care for the country’s image and properly follow advice given by authorities concerned.