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26 March 2008 :: 11:03:09 am 28761

Thai PM Begins Official Visit to Indonesia

BANGKOK, March 26 Thailand's Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on Wednesday morning began a two-day official visit to Indonesia (March 26-27) to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries in all areas.
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Mr. Samak, who also serves as defence minister, was accompanied by Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama, Royal Thai Army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Anupong Paochinda, and other top officials for his departure to Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta.

Aside from introducing himself, the Thai premier will hold a formal discussion with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Indonesia and Thailand established diplomatic relations on March 7, 1950. Both ASEAN countries have close relations in all levels.

So, Indonesia is a key Thai ally, both in ASEAN and in the wider international arena. More importantly, since Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population, its stance on the southern unrest in Thailand had an influence on members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

Indonesia has attempted all along to help explain to other Muslim countries the nature of the violence in Thailand’s far South of Thailand to give them proper understanding of the situation.

In the area of security, the two nations have established a high-level committee to jointly coordinate responses to terrorism.

The second meeting of the security committee will be co-chaired by both countries top military commanders and will be held next month in Indonesia. On the economic front, Indonesia is the third important trade partner of Thailand in ASEAN. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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