Vice Adm. Sonthaya Noichaya welcomed Deputy Gov. Samat Waradisai, village heads and sheriff’s officials on their tour Feb. 26. The visit was one of many organized by the Royal Thai Navy to win the “hearts and minds” of leaders in the country’s three embattled provinces which have been under military rule since 2007.
Samat said building a relationship with the military would create better understanding and cooperation to solve the unrest.
Narathiwat Deputy Gov. Samat Waradisai and Vice Adm. Sonthaya Noichaya exchange gifts at the welcoming ceremony.