NAYPYIDAW, 10 August 2014 (NNT) – The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on neighboring countries within the Lower Mekong River Basin to step up their cooperation towards regional development during the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

In his capacity as Acting Foreign Minister of Thailand, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow attended the 7th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting and the 4th Friends of the Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting, which were organized as part of the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

The two meetings were aimed at narrowing development gaps between ASEAN’s founding nations and new members and also supporting the formation of the ASEAN Community.

During the events, Mr. Sihasak declared that Thailand would assume more active roles in all cooperation frameworks established with its neighbors in the Lower Mekong Sub-region, especially those concerning the development of basic infrastructure and human resources.

At the same time, the Acting Foreign Minister also highlighted the importance of participation from all related sectors, including private and international agencies, to the mission of fostering inclusive development in the sub-region.

Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

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