Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Defence Services, welcomed General Surapong Suwana-adth, Chief of Defence Forces of the Royal Thai Armed Forces on September 18 with a Guard of Honour at the parlour of the Zeyathiri Villa.
The Thai army chief said he was in Myanmar to extend his greetings as he has not forgotten bilateral cooperation while serving his duties. The trip to Myanmar was made based on previous and existing cooperation between the Thai and Myanmar armed forces and ongoing cooperation. The aim of the trip is to introduce the new leaders of the Royal Thai Army to their Myanmar counterparts. The Thai army chief said he believes that both sides can further promote friendship, as mutual friendship already exists.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said amity and friendship between the armed forces of both countries was satisfactory. Both sides have a tradition that the seniors share their experience with the juniors. Cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries will exist forever. Myanmar will not accept the acts that may hamper the interests of Thailand. The illegal drug problem is the biggest challenge between the two countries. Both sides will cooperate in solving the problem on a priority basis.
The Senior General also explained the situation in Rakhine State, in western Myanmar.
Vice President Myint Swe also met with the Thai army chief in Nay Pyi Taw and discussed stability in border areas and bilateral cooperations.
Moreover, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win met separately with the US Army Chief Pacific Commander General Robert B. Brown in Seoul on September 18 and discussed cooperation between the two armies and Rakhine State affairs, according to Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services.