THAILAND IS ready to work with the new government of Myanmar and expand cooperation in all aspects, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday told Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s armed forces.
The Myanmar general is in Bangkok for a three-day official visit ending today at the invitation of Thailand’s Armed Forces.
Prayut told the general that the two countries’ armies would cooperate more closely particularly on security and border development issues. The prime minister added that he was glad that senior officials of both countries met regularly to develop relations and cooperate for the benefit of people.
Min Aung Hlaing is the most senior Myanmar official to visit Thailand since the new government took power after the general election in November.
The new government is led by President Htin Kyaw and his close ally, Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi .
Prayut also said the visit demonstrated close and longstanding ties between both armies and the countries, and encouraged expanded cooperation on issues related to the economy and labour force.
Min Aung Hlaing said Htin Kyaw had asked him to give his best wishes to Prayut, adding that Myanmar was ready to continue cooperative efforts.
Min Aung Hlaing also paid a visit to Thai Privy Council President Gen Prem Tinsulanonda before attending a dinner hosted by Thai Defence Forces Chief General Sommai Kaotira and his wife.
During the trip, the delegation visited the office of Thai Beverage, a Thai conglomerate that owns a sizeable stake in Singapore's Fraser & Neave. Last year, F&N was forced to relinquish its 55 per cent in Myanmar Brewery, which is majority owned by Myanmar Economic Holdings (MEHL) - one of two major conglomerates run by the Myanmar military.