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December 17, 2014

Army commander-in-chief Gen Udomdej Sitabutr left for a two-day visit to Myanmar today for talks aimed at enhancing border cooperation in drug suppression.
Speaking to reporters before boarding a military aircraft for Nay Pyi Taw, Gen Udomdej said he would meet Myanmar armed forces commander-in-chief Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing and Vice Snr Gen Soe Win, Myanmar’s deputy commander-in-chief of defence services and commander-in-chief of the army.

He said talks would focus on border problems, including drug smugglig, development projects on both sides of the border, and reforestation along the Thai-Myanmar border.

Gen Udomdej said Thai and Myanmar armed forces have been cooperating in many areas, including medical affairs and disaster relief, and he intended to strengthen relations to further improve cooperation.

Gen Udomdet also said he would push for development of Thai and Myanmar villages along the border in a bid to tackle the illicit drug trade and proceed with the reforestation project along the Thai-Myanmar border that Gen Prayut had initiated when he was army chief.

 

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