Two Myanmar warships will make a historic visit to Phuket next week to mark 65 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Myanmar.
UMS 561 and UMS 562 will dock in Phuket from next Wednesday to Saturday. They will be welcomed by officers from the 3rd Naval Area Command.
It will be the first time that Myanmar war vessels have visited Thailand.
"This will set a strong relationship between the Thai and Myanmar navies," the source said. "It shows Myanmar is more open. Talks about military cooperation and joint patrols could also be held for the first time."
During the same period, Myanmar navy chief Nyan Tun will travel to Thailand to visit navy commander-in-chief Surasak Runroengrom in Bangkok, the source said. The Thai and Myanmar navies had never forged military ties or conducted a joint patrol.
Air force chief ACM Prachin Jantong yesterday welcomed more openness in Myanmar, saying the country's Dawei port would pave the way for development in both countries. The growth should help reduce social disparity in Myanmar, he said. ACM Prachin addressed the issue at a seminar on Asean and the military in Nakhon Ratchasima's Khao Yai National Park yesterday.
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