THAI-MALAYSIA RELATIONS WILL BE ELEVATED FURTHER UNDER PRAYUT AND MAHATHIR – THAI GOVT SPOKESMAN

BANGKOK, Thailand Aug 30 (NNN-Bernama)Bilateral relations and cooperation between Thailand and Malaysia will be further developed under the administrations of Prime Ministers Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said a Thai government spokesman.

The Thai government's deputy spokesman Lt Gen Weerachon Sukondhapatipak said remarks to the effect were made by Prayut during a meeting with Malaysia's Armed Forces Chief Gen Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, when the latter paid a courtesy call on him at his office at Government House here yesterday.

"The (Thai) Prime Minister affirmed Thailand's willingness to join hands with the Malaysian government for the interests of the two countries and their peoples," Weerachon said in a statement released after the meeting.

The Thai premier also thanked Putrajaya for playing a constructive role as the facilitator for southern Thailand peace talks.

Thailand, according to Prayut ,wants to resolve problems in the southern border provinces through peaceful means and with participation from all sectors, said the spokesman.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister and Zulkifli also discussed on effective cooperation between the armed forces of both countries which has existed since 1965 to safeguard security and peace along the common border.

Prayut, according to spokesman, was happy to be meeting the Malaysian Armed Forces Chief again since their last meeting in 2012 when both of them were Army chiefs.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Armed Forces Chief according to Weerachon, had mentioned that Malaysia placed high priority on cooperation under the General Border Committee (GBC) and Regional Border Committee (RBC) in resolving problems along the border.

Zulkifli arrived in Bangkok two days ago to attend the 35th Thailand-Malaysian High Level Committee (HLC) meeting which concluded Tuesday.

Later, the Malaysian Armed Forces Chief paid a courtesy call on Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan at his office in the Defence Ministry.

Both men discussed various issues of common interest from security cooperation along the common border including matters related to illegal entry, human trafficking, drug smuggling, transnational crimes and dual citizenship, said Defence Ministry's spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich.

Earlier, in the morning, Zulkifli was given an official welcome at the Royal Thai Armed Forces headquarters before meeting his counterpart Gen Tanchaiyan Srisuwan.

Source: NAM News Network