10 Sep '11, 6am

Thai PM to meet Brunei sultan on first trip abroad

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to meet the sultan of oil-rich Muslim-majority Brunei on her first official trip abroad Saturday. The meeting between Yingluck and Hassanal Bolkiah, the sultan of the tiny kingdom on Borneo island, is expected to touch on the insurgency in Thailand's Muslim south, where near-daily attacks have left thousands dead. Titima Chaisang, the chief government spokeswoman, said earlier this week that Thailand would thank Brunei, a member of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, for its support. "Thailand will thank Brunei... for supporting Thailand and helping to explain the problem of unrest in the south to other Muslim countries so Thailand isn't blamed," she said. Titima said Brunei also wants Thailand to send agricultural experts to boost its produce and assist in exporting halal food, prepare...

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