Premier calls for Myanmar cooperation

Premier calls for Myanmar cooperation

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in an Asean Summit speech on Friday, called on all parties to cooperate to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of Myanmar, government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said.

Mr Anucha, in a media briefing said the premier highlighted the region's role in Myanmar as "important and crucial" during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

"Everyone wants to see peace and stability in Myanmar for the benefit of the Myanmar people and the Asean Community," Gen Prayut said as quoted in a statement. "All parties need to work together to deliver humanitarian assistance to those in need in Myanmar."

"As a neighbour sharing a border with Myanmar, Thailand is ready to support and cooperate with Asean and the international community to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Myanmar," it added.

The PM, who also serves as defence minister, proposed two key points that Asean should consider amid ongoing global challenges, Mr Anucha said.

First is the strengthening of Asean-led mechanisms through leveraging capacity and synergising operations to promote and maintain the region's strategic value, he said.

Second is further enhancing relations with dialogue partners and other external partners on the basis of mutual trust, mutual respect, and mutual benefit, Mr Anucha said.

Asean should maintain balanced relations to ensure regional security and stability, he noted.

Later on, Gen Prayut commended Cambodia for its role as Asean chair, Mr Anucha said, adding the PM congratulated the neighbouring country for its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and the development of its Post-2025 Vision.

"Thailand is proud of the development of Asean [in becoming] a strong community with its emergence as the fifth-largest economic community in the world," Gen Prayut said.

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