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Thailand meeting marks progress on borders, relations

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Cambodian ambassador to Thailand Ouk Sorphorn met with the director of the Border Affairs Department of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Phay Thurath Lach on June 25 to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties. Cambodian embassy in Bangkok

Thailand meeting marks progress on borders, relations

Cambodian ambassador to Thailand Ouk Sorphorn met with the director of the Border Affairs Department of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Phay Thurath Lach on June 25 to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

The two also discussed agenda items, including the opening of border crossings, the Cambodian Embassy in Thailand wrote on Facebook.

The embassy said both sides praised long-time ties and cooperation on border security.

“Delegates noted the progress of friendship and bilateral cooperation since the 3rd Thai-Cambodian Joint Cabinet Meeting in Cambodia, regardless of the sectors of trade and investment, education, agriculture and work, military and border cooperation,” the Facebook post read.

On the table was the opening of four international checkpoints between Cambodia and Thailand as agreed upon by the top leaders of both countries.

Other border-related topics, including migrant worker crossing, border markers, and enhanced cooperation on demining were discussed.

The Thai Embassy in Cambodia told The Post on Monday this year marked the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the countries and is meant to promote friendship through trade, investment and cultural exchanges.

“The two countries have training programmes for officials. Scholarship programmes are granted to undergraduate students, foreign business people and workers to promote understanding between the Thai and Cambodian people, ” the embassy said.

The Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute director Kin Phea said ties between Cambodia and Thailand have grown.

But he said there are matters the two countries should pay attention to, including honouring agreements, treaties, diplomatic notes, protocols along the border, respect for good neighbourliness and issues regarding Cambodian migrant workers to Thailand.

Phea said Cambodia is a major market for Thai products, but it needs a workforce from Cambodia with low labour costs to address its labour shortage.

“Because we are the same, ASEAN members, we need to adhere to a community spirit and respect each other,” he said.

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