Thai-Myanmar discussion fruitful: Thai PM

18:19, October 12, 2010      

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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Tuesday Myanmar PM agreed to consider to permanently open Sing Khorn checkpoint in southern Prachuab Kirikhan province.

"Myanmar government will take the issue of opening (Sing Khorn) checkpoint seriously as they also want to increase bilateral trade, " the premier said.

However, the Myanmar government will not yet re-open Mae Sot- Myawaddy crossing point which has been shut down since July 18 saying they have to first solve their own internal problems.

PM Abhisit said he had discussed with his Myanmar counterpart PM U Thein Sein the bilateral cooperation to boost trade, investment and economy between the two countries which are anticipated to play important role in solving problems of illicit drug trading, human trafficking and illegal labor immigration.

Security agencies of both countries need to enhance better cooperation in either intelligence operation or border patrolling, he said.

The prime minister said the result of bilateral talk is considerably fruitful as the two countries come to terms on several issues.

Prime Minister Abhisit paid a one-day official visit to Myanmar Monday in a bid to promote bilateral relationship and cooperation. During his short stay in Nay Pyi Taw, Abhisit also met with Myanmar top leader Senior-General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council.

His visit to Myanmar this time was the first since he had inaugurated as a prime minister but and followed that of Thai princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in March this year.

Source: Xinhua


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