Friday, June 1, 2012

Thein Sein to arrive in Thailand on Monday

Friday, 01 June 2012 11:53 Mizzima News

Close on the heels of a visit to Thailand by Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese President Thein Sein will pay an official two-day visit to Thailand starting Monday.

The democratic reformist president of Burma was scheduled to speak at the World Economic Forum, which ends on Friday, but he cancelled his visit, perhaps in respect to the media spotlight that would shine on Suu Kyi during her first trip abroad in 24 years.

Burmese President Thein Sein is a reformer who is leading his country toward democracy. Photo: president's office

The two reformed-minded politicians have established a close bond, each pledging to play their parts in the democratic development of Burma, which Thein Sein started upon his inauguration in 2011.

Suu Kyi will return to Burma on Friday for a short stay before she departs in early June on a tour of European cities including Oslo, Norway, where she will pick up her Nobel Peace prize, followed by London, Dublin, France and Geneva.

The president is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The two leaders will witness the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation for human resource development in Burma, for cooperation in helping Burma prepare to assume the chairmanship of Asean in 2014 and for various development projects involving roads, bridges and human trafficking.

The establishment of a knowledge center for sustainable development along the Thai-Burma border, a “drop-in centre” for human trafficking victims, and the Thai-Burma cooperation in dealing with drug trafficking are also on the agenda.

A spokesperson said the two leaders would discuss the possibility of building the long-planned Thailand-Myanmar-India road project, a road development link from Singkhon checkpoint in Prachuap Khiri Kan to Myeik in Myanmar and the construction of a second bridge over the Moei River.

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