Thailand, Myanmar strengthen cooperation

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BANGKOK (Bangkok Post) – Thailand and Myanmar on Tuesday agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation on transnational issues, including drug smuggling, the repatriation of Myanmar refugees, and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

The issues were discussed at the 7th Thai-Myanmar High Level Committee (HLC) meeting, which was held in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Established in 2010, the HLC meets once a year, which Thailand and Myanmar taking turns hosting the annual meeting.

Thailand’s delegation was led by Supreme Commander Gen Pornpipat Benyasri, while Myanmar’s delegation was led by Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s Armed Forces.

An informed source told the Bangkok Post that in addition to agreeing to enhance bilateral cooperation on transboundary issues, both sides also agreed to expand cooperation in other areas, such as education and military training.

The source said that Myanmar expressed its confidence in Thailand as the host of the Asean Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM-Plus this year.

Myanmar strongly believes in Thailand’s ability to achieve its goal of sustaining regional and sub-regional security cooperation and Myanmar will fully support Thailand in this regard, said the same source.

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