October 19, 2017

Myanmar, Thailand look to promote sector-wide development

Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds talks with her Thailand counterpart Mr. Don Pramudwinai. Photo: MNA
Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds talks with her Thailand counterpart Mr. Don Pramudwinai. Photo: MNA

THE foreign affairs ministers of Myanmar and Thailand, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Mr Don Pramudwinai, held talks in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday on further cooperation in bilateral relations and the promotion of sector-wide development. The talks focused on border region development, on the treatment of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand and on developing the Dawei Special Economic Zone project.
During a joint press conference after the meeting, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said they discussed bilateral cooperation during the talks, adding that there are many sectors for win-win cooperation between the two countries.
“The two countries can overcome challenges of the ‘sufficiency economy’ through bilateral cooperation, the Thai foreign minister said, referring to the theory or moderation championed by the current King of Thailand.
Speaking on the occasion, Thailand’s foreign minister pledged to boost Thailand’s cooperation with Myanmar and with ASEAN and the Greater Mekong Sub-region countries as well.
During the talks, the two also discussed Myanmar-Thai-Japan cooperation.
In response to a question about the rights of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand, the Thai foreign minister replied that there are 1.59 million registered Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand, and Thailand provides education and healthcare services to children of Myanmar migrant workers, pledging to boost the rights of the workers as much as they can.
Regarding the Dawei Deep Seaport project, he said there has been some progress in the project, and he believes the trilateral cooperation between Myanmar, Thailand and Japan will bring success to the project.
When asked what Myanmar’s policy toward neighbouring nations is, if Myanmar has migrant workers’ issues with other neighbours as it has with Thailand, and how ASEAN is viewed by Thai media, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said relations with ASEAN are well-regarded, that her father suggested even before the emergence of the EU that there be a regional organisation for cooperation among the nations within the region and that cooperation is meant for fulfilling hopes and for bringing happiness and peace. She said it is natural for neighbours to have some issues, though what counts is not the issues themselves but finding ways to solve them and avoid hostilities while trying to solving problems. She stressed the importance of addressing issues in an amicable manner through cooperation.
She also said Thailand alone would not be held accountable for migrant workers’ issues and that Myanmar would also arrange for them to be repatriated and work at home.
Her Thai counterpart vowed to guarantee the right to equal treatment for Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand and said that the people of Myanmar, Thailand and Japan will enjoy the benefits of the Dawei SEZ project, which is still in progress.—Myanmar News Agency

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