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Lankawi Dialogue
August 7, 2007

Thai PM sees partnership opportunities
Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont Sunday hailed the Malaysian-hosted Langkawi International Dialogue, which he is attending for the first time this year, as an opportunity for officials from over 16 countries to learn more about each other in an increasingly interdependent world.

"As you aware, the world is getting smaller. The best way is to get know each other and learn from each other," he told Malaysian journalists covering the 8th LID on August 5.

Gen. Surayud said Thailand is trying to catch up with the rest of the participating countries in terms of building its human resources and technological capacities and at the same time educating its population
on the need to for improvements.

"I think (by participating in the dialogue) it will create opportunities for the new government in Thailand after the referendum to participate in the future LIDs as any form of smart partnership will benefit Thailand," he said.

Asked by reporters, Prime Minister Surayud however said he had no plan to hold specific discussions with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the sidelines of the meeting as they will meet again for annual consultations between both countries later this month.

He said he would return mid-month to discuss Thai-Malaysian cooperation. Mr. Abdullah and Gen. Surayud are scheduled to meet in Penang on August 21-23 for the two countries' annual consultation.

Gen. Surayud will also attend Malaysia's 50th Merdeka Day celebrations on August 31 in Kuala Lumpur. TNA/Bernama

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