Myanmar’s President Thein Sein to visit Thailand next month

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BANGKOK, May 29 – Myanmar President Thein Sein will officially visit Thailand June 4-5  to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries which are both members of the Association of Southeast Asian Naitons (ASEAN), according to Deputy Government Spokesman Anusorn Eiamsa-ard.

Mr Anusorn said that during the visit, Mr Thein Sein was scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and both will witness the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation for development in Myanmar and to foster the mutual benefit of the two nations.

The deputy government spokesman said that the MoU will cover human resource development and preparing Myanmar to take the chairmanship of ASEAN in 2014.

The establishment of a knowledge centre for sustainable development along the Thai-Myanmar border, a ‘drop-in centre’ for human trafficking victims, Thai-Myanmar cooperation in dealing with drug trafficking are also on the agenda, he said.

Moreover, Mr Anusorn said, the two leaders would discuss the possibility of building the long-planned Thai-Myanmar-India road project, road development from Singkhon checkpoint in Prachuap Khiri Kan to Myeik in Myanmar and construction of a second bridge over the Moei River.

The Myanmar president had earlier scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia in Bangkok during May 30-June 1 but eventually postponed his trip to Thailand until a few days after the event.

The Myanmar government will reportedly be represented at the East Asia forum by its minister for energy and the vice minister for tourism and trade.

National League for Democracy chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi, a Noble Peace Prize winner, opens her first foreign trip in 24 years by attending the forum in Bangkok.