December 20, 2016

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Myanmar, Thailand ministers hold talks at 8th joint commission meeting for bilateral cooperation

Union Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin shakes hands with Thai’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs  General Tanasak Patimapragorn.
Union Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin shakes hands with Thai’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs General Tanasak Patimapragorn.

U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs and General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
co-chaired the 8th Meeting of Myanmar-Thailand Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation that was held in Chiang Mai on 28 July.
Both ministers held the 8th meeting of Myanmar-Thailand Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation and exchanged views on strengthening of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
At the ministerial meeting on 28 July, they discussed issues of mutual interest including political cooperation, cooperation along the border, visa exemption for ordinary passport holders, cooperation on combating human trafficking, cooperation in narcotic drugs control, cooperation in security and defence, trade and investment, connectivity, economic linkage between Thailand’s SEZ and border area in Myanmar, development of Dawei SEZ project, labour, agreement on border crossing, financial and banking sector, energy cooperation, fishery development and management, tourism, technical cooperation, public health, education and culture sectors. The meeting was conducted in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and cooperation.
After the meeting, a ceremony to sign Agreement on Visa Exemption for Ordinary Passport holders between Myanmar and Thailand was held with moth ministers in attendance. Ordinary passport holders from both countries, who travel through the international airports, will enjoy visa-free entries for 14 days under this agreement. The Visa Exemption Agreement will be effective platform for people to people exchanges and closer collaboration between the two business communities. Recently signed agreement shall be entered into force 14 days after signing.
The two ministers presided over the opening ceremony of the Consulate General of Myanmar in Chiang Mai on 29 July.

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