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Thai PM visits Cambodia to strengthen ties

(Xinhua)

15:17, September 15, 2011

BANGKOK, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday will leave Bangkok for Phnom Penh on an official one day visit after assuming office last month, Mass Communication of Thailand (MCOT) reported.

Yingluck and her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen will hold talks before proceeding to Khemarin Palace for an audience with King Norodom Sihamoni.

Hun Sen will host a dinner to honor Yingluck at Government House before she returns to Thailand at 9.20 p.m. local time.

Thai Government spokeswoman Thitima Chaisaeng earlier said that the prime minister's visit to Cambodia was an important milestone as it was considered the beginning of a new chapter for Thai- Cambodian relations.

It also showed that the ties between the two neighboring countries, which soured over border conflict, were heading into bright prospect, she said.

The two leaders are expected to discuss the relations and cooperation between Thailand and Cambodia, measures to promote trade and investment, the opening of permanent border checkpoints, tourism promotion, technical assistance and scholarships for Cambodian students, Thitima said.

Yingluck also seeks release of two Thai nationalist activists jailed in a Cambodian prison on espionage charges.

Yingluck paid a visit to Brunei last week and visited Indonesia on Monday and was scheduled to visit Laos on Friday.

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