No Government Poultry-for-Planes Deal
Prime Minister Göran Persson says the Swedish government cannot negotiate a deal with Thailand to trade jet fighters for raw chicken meat.
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra met with Persson in Stockholm after telling Thai media earlier this week that he hoped to broker a poultry-for-planes deal with Sweden, as his country’s chicken exports have suffered badly from a bird flu outbreak.
Persson said he would love to see the JAS 39 Gripen jet fighter sold to Thailand, but that it was up to Saab, the aircraft maker, to negotiate the terms.
The Thai Prime Minister reiterated his hopes for agricultural products to be used as currency during a joint press conference, “We would prefer to have a countertrade, instead of paying cash up front.” He said if Sweden should have a need for chickens or other agricultural products, “then that can be arranged, easily.”