Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in Putrajaya on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of the Government House)
Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and his Malaysian counterpart Anwar Ibrahim today agreed to form a number of task forces to boost existing ties in a wide range of areas.
Anwar said the areas include tourism, trade, food security and agriculture as well as border security issues, according to The Star.
Anwar described Thailand as an “important and key neighbour” to Malaysia and said he was pleased with the pragmatic outcome of his meeting with Srettha who was on a one-day visit to Malaysia.
“We have set up a number of task forces… that must complete their work within a period of one month,” he said during a joint press conference with Srettha after a bilateral meeting in Putrajaya.
Anwar said that both sides would meet again in a month, after relevant reports are submitted to him and Srettha, to review the performance of the respective task forces.
“Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has been forthcoming, and hopefully we can increase trade and investments, as well as complement each other as neighbours, and benefit immensely from the experience of both countries,” added Anwar.
The Star reported that in 2022, Thailand was Malaysia’s seventh-largest trading partner globally and ranked third among the ASEAN member countries.