Malaysia and Thailand pledge to boost border security

Malaysia and Thailand pledge to boost border security
This picture taken on December 29, 2014 shows Malaysian villagers carry food packs while walking past the Thai-Malaysia border check-point in Narathiwat.

PETALING JAYA - The 52nd Malaysia-Thailand General Border Committee meeting came to a successful end in Bangkok with both countries pled­ging to enhance security and streng­then bilateral relations.

The meeting, jointly chaired by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and his Thai counterpart, Gen Prawit Wong­suwon, was also attended by senior government and armed forces officials from both countries.

In a joint statement with Prawit, Hishammuddin said discussions focused on the stability and security of the border between Thailand and Malaysia.

"We exchanged views and discussed ways to further deepen bila­teral relations," he said.

"We also established a standard operating procedure which will be a guideline for future exercises," he said.

Hishammuddin added that both countries endorsed cooperation in solving transnational crime such as smuggling, drug trafficking and international terrorism.

"We underscored the importance of unity as a foundation for efforts in promoting regional peace, stability and enhancing economic development," he said.

"Unity between ASEAN member states is vital in realising a politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible ASEAN Com­munity."

The next meeting will be held in Malaysia next year.

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