Thailand, Cambodia sign 3 MoUs


PHNOM PENH, Oct 31 — Thailand and Cambodia have signed three memoranda of understanding to further strengthen bilateral ties in the economy, social and help solving problems prevailing along the two countries’ border.

Signing of the three MoUs yesterday in Phnom Penh were witnessed by visiting Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha and his Cambodian counterpart Mr Hun Sen.

The three agreements are drafted by the neighbouring countries to end human trafficking and assist victims, building rail links to better connect the two countries and the other ASEAN countries, and to cooperate on tourism activities.

One MoU on construction of rail links to facilitate land transport means that the two countries will set up a committee to focus on building and otherwise facilitate land transportation between the two nations. This cooperation will notbecome entangled with the border problem encountered by the two countries at present.

If problems occur in proceeding, the two countries will find ways in settling them in a friendly manner, according to the MoU.

Both countries senior officials discussed social cooperation. The Thai side is prepared to assist the Cambodian government on public health, occupation and labour skills development.

The Thai government gives importance to public health development for people living along the border while Thailand pledges to provide public health assistance including personnel on a regular basis.

Prime Minister Hun Sen had requested the Thai side to jointly solve transnational crime through exchanging information.

On Thursday evening, Gen Prayut and his wife Naraporn had an audience with King Norodom Sihamoni during which the prime minister informed the Khmer king that his purpose in visiting Cambodia is to introduce himself after becoming Thailand’as prime minister last month and in strengthening relations between the two neighbouring countries.

Gen Prayut, his wife and accompanying delegation are scheduled to return home later today.