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Thailand, Myanmar to strengthen bilateral cooperation

The Thai and Myanmar militaries have agreed on strengthening bilateral cooperation to address problems along the common border.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2006 16:45 IST

The Thai and Myanmar militaries have agreed on strengthening bilateral cooperation to address problems along the common border, the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen Sonthi Boonyaratkalin has said.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday after his return from an official visit to Myanmar, Gen Sonthi said he held talks with Myanmar top military leaders, who gave him a warm welcome, and then reached the proactive agreement.

The bilateal cooperation includes joint efforts to prevent and crack down drug trafficking, as well as all other cross-border crime and offences, Sonthi noted.

The local-level joint border committee will directly coordinate on the agreed tasks, according to the Thai army chief.

The two sides had also agreed to hold joint meetings of local military chiefs more regularly, said Gen. Sonthi.

During the three-day official visit to Myanmar, that started on September 11, the Thai army chief met Gen Than Shwe, Chairman of Myanmar's State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), who is also the country's armed forces chief and defence minister, to strengthening military ties and cooperation between the two neighbouring countries.