KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 08, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — Malaysia and Thailand said on Monday that they would continue to explore ways to strengthen their ties and cooperation.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said that the two countries would remain committed in strengthening, deepening and enhancing the ties.
There are no real serious bilateral problems between the two countries due to the fact that the two countries have adopted a very positive attitude, Najib told a joint press conference with Visiting Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
Both governments managed to work closely with each other to overcome problems whenever they occurred, he said at the press conference held at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya, administrative center of the Malaysian Federal Government.
Najib also said that trade between the two countries had been on a positive trajectory, reaching 16.5 billion U.S.dollars in 2007 and 18.2 billion U.S.dollars in 2008.
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit said that Thailand and Malaysia are close neighbors and the Thai-Malaysian relationship is based on a strong footing.
He said his visit provided a good opportunity to reaffirm partnership and strengthen cooperation between the two countries.
Abhisit thanked the Malaysian government for the close cooperation and support in resolving issues in southern Thailand.
The Thai premier also thanked Najib and the Malaysian government for granting scholarships to Thai students to study at Malaysian universities as well as to undergo vocational training, according to Malaysia’s national news services Bernama.
He extended appreciation for Malaysia’s valuable contribution in regional cooperation and addressing issues of common concern to ASEAN countries.
Abhisit arrived here earlier on Monday for a one-day official visit to Malaysia.
Source : Xinhua