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Special dinner for visiting Myanmar PM


April 30, 2008

Special dinner for visiting Myanmar PM

Samak TheinSein
Thai premier Samak and his Myanmar counterpart Thein Sein

In a gesture of unusually personal hospitality, Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said Tuesday he would personally cook a special dinner for his visiting Myanmar counterpart Gen Thein Sein during a private meeting which he will host at his home Tuesday evening.
However, the urgent affairs of state, including an overflowing agenda at Tuesday's weekly cabinet meeting, has caused the well-intentioned Thai premier, a celebrated chef and connoisseur of Thai cuisine, to change the menu, reported Thai News Agency.

Speaking to journalists before attending Tuesday's busy cabinet meeting, Samak said he had gone to market and purchased meat and vegetables on Monday.

Gen Thein Sein arrived in Bangkok Tuesday afternoon for a three-day official visit, his first visit to the kingdom since taking up his post in October. Discussions between the two leaders are not expected to touch on political problems inside Myanmar but may nonetheless suggest ways to create national reconciliation inside that country, Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama said.

The two premiers were expected to discuss Myanmar’s referendum, cross-border drug trafficking and illegal immigration, Thai foreign ministry said in a statement.

On Wednesday, the two leaders planned to sign an agreement on contract farming projects Thailand hopes to set up in Myanmar for rubber and palm oil plantations.

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