Thailand seeks political stability in Myanmar

Thailand seeks political stability in Myanmar

BANGKOK, Oct. 19 Kyodo

Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai expressed hope Tuesday that political stability would return to Myanmar and a cabinet reshuffle would not affect the national reconciliation process.

While stressing that changes in Myanmar’s political landscape are ”internal affairs,” Surakiart said, ”As a neighboring country, we would like to see political stability in Myanmar and wishes that Myanmar will continue to cooperate with Thailand in resolving important problems including narcotics and alien labors.”

”We would like to see Myanmar pursuing the national reconciliation process and the road map toward democracy,” said Surakiart who spoke on the phone from Beijing as he was en route to Kazakstan.

Surakiart gave the phone interview to a state-run television during an evening news program after hearing Myanmar’s announcement that Prime Minister Gen. Khin Nyunt was dropped and replaced by Lt. Gen. Soe Win, formerly first secretary of the ruling State Peace and Development Council.

The council appointed Soe Win as the new premier and Lt. Gen. Thein Sein to take over from him as SPDC first secretary.

Surakiart said that Thailand sees no problem in working with both Soe Win and Thein Sein and is familiar with the new Myanmar premier.

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