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Thailand to sign MoU with Malaysia to resolve dual citizenship issue  

Thailand and Malaysia will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at resolving issue of people holding dual citizenship.

The MoU signing was disclosed by Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon after jointly chairing the 54th Malaysia-Thailand General Border Committee (GBC) meeting with Malaysia’s Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein in Bangkok yesterday (March 15).

Gen Prawit who is also Defence Minister said the talk with his Malaysian counterpart included matters relevant to border cooperation, such as in terrorism, narcotics suppression, transnational crimes, illegal immigrants, as well as the construction of a 10-kilometre long wall along the Thai-Malaysian border to strengthen border security.

He said Thailand and Malaysia would sign an MoU related to people living at the border and holding dual citizenship which is a national security problem.

He said the issues of the Islamic State or IS terrorist and the arrest of 11 Uighurs who escaped from Songkhla immigration detention centre by Malaysian authorities were not raised at the GBC meeting.

Gen Prawit said the Malaysian Defence Minister also told him that the recent roundup of over 200 people on security campaign in Malaysia had no connection with Thailand.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha thanked Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Bin Tun Hussein during their meeting at the Government House yesterday for Malaysia’s role in facilitating the peace talks between Thailand and MARA Patani and hoped that Malaysia would continue serving as the facilitator for the talks.

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