Thai, Myanmar military to expand cooperation
BANGKOK, Jan 9 – Thailand and Myanmar plaanned to extend cooperation and boost bilateral ties, Thai Defence Minister Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa said on Monday following a meeting with Myanmar’s senior military leader.
Gen Yuthasak welcomed visiting Myanmar Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Gen Min Aung Hlaing Monday morning.
Speaking to reporters after a one-hour meeting, the Thai defence minister said Gen Min Aung Hlaing is a prominent military figure representing the Myanmar government.
The discussion focused on cooperation in several fields to strengthen bilateral ties in terms of security, order and economy along the border. Neighbouring Myanmar also asked Thailand for support in hosting the Southeast Asian Games or SEA Games, Gen Yutthasak said.
To bolster ties of the two countries, both are considering opening additional border checkpoints, particularly in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi bordering Dawei in Myanmar.ย The two neighbours are cooperating in developing the deep sea port (in Dawei), the Thai defence minister said.