Thailand, Malaysia agree to boost co-operation

September 11, 2012
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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia – Thailand and Malaysia agreed to boost economic, political and national security development co-operation along the border, local media reported.

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    The agreement came between Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Malaysian counterpart Najib Abdul Rezak during their bilateral talks held Saturday (September 8th) on the sidelines of the just-completed Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Russia,

    According to MCOT Online, Yingluck said the two countries agreed to use technology for security operations along the border in an attempt to ensure public safety and boost trade and investment volume, adding the issue will be raised during the Thailand-Malaysia Joint Commission Meeting that Malaysia will host next month.

    The two leaders also discussed the August 31st incidents in Thailand's Deep South in which dozens of fake and real bombs were planted in several locations together with Malaysian national flags.

    Yingluck reaffirmed the strength of bilateral ties, despite attempts to cause misunderstanding, while Najib said the two neighbours will work together to tackle problems.

    They also discussed falling rubber prices. "We need to work together with Indonesia, under the International Tripartite Rubber Council," The Bangkok Post quoted Najib as saying.

    The Star reported he and Yingluck agreed to develop an area at their border near Kedah into a "Rubber City" to promote rubber and its products, given what Najib described as "great potential".

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