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Malaysia and Thailand will continue to strengthen and enhance the existing close bilateral cooperation on security matters and border management along the common border areas.
The matter was discussed during the 30th high-level committee (HLC) meeting with Thailand conducted in the spirit of cordiality, cooperation and friendship here yesterday.
“The objective of the meeting was to provide a platform for the HLC joint chairmen and its members to meet, exchange ideas and discuss matters of mutual interest pertaining to border security along the shared border areas of both countries,” the Sabah Defence Ministry’s corporate communications unit said in a statement here today.
The committee holds its meeting twice a year, alternately in Malaysia and Thailand.
It was co-chaired by the Malaysian Armed Forces chief and Malaysian Joint chairman General Tan Sri Dr Zulkifeli Mohd Zin and the Royal Thai Armed Forces chief and the Thai Joint chairman General Thanasak Patimapragorn.
The statement said it deliberated and noted with satisfaction the progress of activities planned and conducted by the Regional Border Committee (RBC) and Joint Combined Exercise Committee (JCEC), namely operational matters, exercises, border and disaster management, social and economic activities during the period under review.
The meeting also agreed on the satisfactory progress of the assigned tasks implemented by the 51st General Border Committee Meeting and the close cooperation and coordination among the concerned authorities and agencies to solve various problems, such as smuggling, illegal activities.
“It has also agreed to exchange information on activities taking place along the common border,” it said.
The statement also said the meeting had agreed that Thailand would host the next 31st HLC meeting to be held tentatively in March or April next year.