Thailand, Myanmar step up trans-boundary cooperation hinh anh 1Supreme Commander Gen Pornpipat Benyasri (right) shakes hands with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Myanmar's Armed Forces, at the 7th Thai-Myanmar High Level Committee (HLC) meeting. (Photo:

Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand and Myanmar have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation on transnational issues, including drug smuggling, the repatriation of Myanmar refugees, and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

The issues were discussed at the 7th Thai - Myanmar High Level Committee (HLC) meeting, which was held in Bangkok on September 3. Established in 2010, the HLC meets once a year, which Thailand and Myanmar take turns to host the annual event.

This year’s meeting was co-chaired by Thai Supreme Commander General Pornpipat Benyasri and Commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s Armed Forces Min Aung Hlaing.

Earlier, Min Aung Hlaing had a meeting with Thai Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, during which they reached consensus on enhancing bilateral cooperation in transboundary issues, and working together to improve livelihoods in border area.

They also agreed to expand cooperation in other areas such as education and military training.

The Myanmar Army Chief affirmed Myanmar will be a good neighbour of Thailand, and the country will tighten all-round collaboration with the Thai military.-VNA