Thai PM's Myanmar visit further strengthens bilateral friendship, cooperation

11:03, October 12, 2010      

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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's one-day official visit to Myanmar, which ended on Monday evening, has further strengthened the two countries' bilateral friendship and cooperation.

During his short stay in Nay Pyi Taw, Vejjajiva met with Myanmar top leader Senior-General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council.

The two leaders exchanged views on promoting friendly ties and bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

During a separate meeting between Vejjajiva and his Myanmar counterpart U Thein Sein, the two prime ministers held talks on enhancing and consolidating the two countries' bilateral friendship, promoting bilateral cooperation for the rule of law, stability and development in the two countries' border areas, economy and technology cooperation, boosting bilateral trade and investment, promoting tourism sector and building a deep-sea port in Dawei, Myanmar workers in Thailand and internal affairs of both countries.

It was Vejjajiva's return visit to that to Thailand made by U Thein Sein in April 2008.

Vejjajiva's trip also followed that to the neighbor by Thai princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in March this year.

U Thein Sein's 2008 visit to Thailand had paved way for promoting bilateral economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.

During that visit, bilateral cooperation between the two governments in a number of sectors were initiated, which covered narcotic drug eradication, hydropower, energy, mining, agriculture and industry.

In the fiscal year 2009-10 which ended in March, bilateral trade between Myanmar and Thailand amounted to 3.577 billion U.S. dollars, up 16.2 percent from 2008-09.

Of the total, Myanmar's export to Thailand amounted to 3.169 billion dollars while its import from the Southeast Asian nation reached over 408 million dollars, enjoying a trade surplus of 2. 761 billion dollars.

Thailand stood first in Myanmar's normal foreign trade partner line-up, followed by Singapore, China, India, China's Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia, but it stood the second in Myanmar's border trade with neighboring countries.

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