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Thai prime minister arrives in Malaysia for official visit

By Monday June 8th, 2009 No Comments

Kuala Lumpur_(dpa) _ Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva arrived in Malaysia on Monday for a one-day official visit to strengthen bilateral ties between the two neighbouring countries.

Abhisit, who was accompanied by a delegation of Thai ministers and top government officials, was scheduled to have an audience with Malaysia’s King Mizan Zainal Abidin before visiting the Thai embassy in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

Abhisit is scheduled to be feted at an official welcoming ceremony in the administrative capital Putrajaya, where he will hold bilateral discussions with Malaysian premier Najib Razak.

The two were expected to discuss the state of security in the troubled southern Thai region, with the issue of dual nationality being the focus of talks.

Thai authorities have long claimed that Muslim insurgents from the south, who also hold Malaysian nationalities, often flee across the border to the predominantly Muslim nation.

More than 3,500 people have been killed in an insurgency which re-erupted in January 2004 in Thailand’s southernmost provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala.

The trip marks Abhisit’s first official visit to Malaysia since becoming prime minister on December 17, and he is the first foreign government leader to visit since Najib was appointed prime minister on April 3.

Source : DPA

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