News From : DagangHalal.com (08 Dec 2009)
BANGKOK, Dec 8 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor arrived in Bangkok Monday on their first official visit to Thailand.
They were received at the Air Terminal, Royal Thai Air Force Headquarters by Thai Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thugsuban.
Also present were Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand Datuk Husni Zai Yaacob and several Malaysian Cabinet ministers who are here to attend the Fourth Annual Consultation between the two countries Tuesday.
The meeting Tuesday is expected to focus especially on security cooperation, such as security along the border and those related to transboundary issues like human and drug trafficking as well as maritime.
Besides that, both sides are likely to update the progress in talks over future cooperation in the field of higher education, youth and sports, as well as on the Singapore-Kunming railway project, halal industry and linking the Thai Southern Development with Malaysia’s North and East Coast Economic Corridors.
Malaysia is Thailand’s fourth largest trading partner while Thailand is Malaysia’s fifth, with total trade between the two countries amounting to US$19.6 billion in 2008.
On Wednesday, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Najib will make an historical visit to the restive province of Narathiwat, the first time that a prime minister of Malaysia is visiting the southern border provinces of Thailand.
Abhisit, in an interview with Bernama Monday, said the visit to Narathiwat was very significant and would send a strong signal that both countries want to see peace and an end to the violence there.
Both leaders would co-officiate at the renaming ceremony of the second bridge across Sungai Golok to “Friendship Bridge” linking Ban Buketa, Narathiwat and Bukit Bunga, Kelantan.
They are also scheduled to visit the Att Arkiah Islamiah Institute, which has over 4,000 students and a co-corriculum in both Islamic studies and modern subjects.
Later, Najib and Rosmah will visit the sufficiency economy village project of Ban Rotunbatu where widows and children of those killed in the conflict are living.
By D. Arul Rajoo