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Myanmar, Thailand stress cooperation in bilateral security, rule of law

08-16-2012 13:24 BJT

YANGON, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar and Thailand have stressed cooperation in bilateral security and rule of law, official media reported Thursday.

It was emphasized during discussions between Myanmar President U Thein Sein and visiting Thai Defense Minister Air Marshal Sukumpol Suwanatat at Nay Pyi Taw's Presidential Palace Wednesday.

U Thein Sein was quoted as saying that his last visit in late July to industrial zones in Thailand had become the support for the establishment of two industrial zones in Myanmar, stressing the need to bring stability and development in the border areas.

Drug cases would be decreased as the two countries have been cooperating to carry out anti-narcotic drug tasks effectively, he said.

He added that Myanmar plans to establish opium-substitute crop farms and projects at the border areas of the two countries when peace prevailed there.

Suwanatat expressed Thailand's willingness to carry out tasks for development of the villages on both sides of the Thai-Myanmar border and cooperate in fighting illegal immigrants and drug issues.

Suwanatat, who is currently on a visit to Myanmar, also met Myanmar Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Service Vice Senior- General Min Aung Hlaing on Wednesday, the report said.

They discussed promotion of friendly relationship between the two armed forces, cooperation in eradication of drug and cooperation in security along the Mekong River.

Min Aung Hlaing also received visiting Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy Admiral Surasak Rounroengrom, who also met with his Myanmar counterpart Admiral Nyan Tun on Tuesday before the latter became Vice President on Wednesday.



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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