Thailand, Malaysia should not take warm bilateral relations for granted

While Thailand and Malaysia enjoy cordial diplomatic relations since 1957, the two nations should not take the warm and close ties for granted, said a former Ambassador of Thailand to Malaysia.

Damrong Kraikruan, who served from 2016 to 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, said Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur enjoy solid economic partnership and strategic cooperation and it is set to maintain the relationship at its highest level.

Sharing a common border of 646.5 kilometers, he called the two nations to tap into the potential of existing bilateral ties to foster greater Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur ties in the future.

“Now, Thailand and Malaysia are enjoying good ties. Our cooperation has grown at various levels and sectors. The Thais and Malaysians must be aware that we are neighbours and it is important for the two nations to maintain a good relation. Sometimes, when you are not in the news, people may overlook and take for granted (bilateral relations) especially in economy and security,” he told Bernama, here, recently.

He added that Thailand and Malaysia must work together to strengthen economic cooperation, foster stronger partnership, and build stability at border areas.

Meanwhile, a former Thai ambassador to Malaysia, Suchitra Hiranpruek, said Malaysia is Thailand’s best neighbour, and described the two countries’ ties as a “good but quiet relationship”.


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