|Visiting Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra shakes hands with her Malaysian counterpart Najib Tun Razak during their meeting in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Feb. 8, 2013. (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung)
BANGKOK, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra left Bangkok on Thursday to visit Malaysia to meet with her Malaysian counterpart Najib Tun Razak.
Yingluck is accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul and several other ministers.
The visit is the fifth Annual Consultation between Thai premier and Malaysian premier aims at cultivating friendly relations between the two countries, reaffirming the close partnership between Thailand and Malaysia, following up on the progress on various areas of cooperation since Yingluck's official visit to Malaysia on February 20, 2012.
According to the Thai Foreign Ministry press release, during the consultation, the parties are expected to discuss varied issues of common interest, including a comprehensive approach to resolve the insurgency in Thailand's southern border provinces, social and economic development and connectivity in border areas such as the proposed construction of two bridges crossing the Golok River linking Thailand's Narathiwat province and Malaysia's Kelantan state.
Cooperation on trade and investment, such as the establishment of a Thailand-Malaysia Business Council and cooperation on tourism, particularly linking Thailand's Satun province with Malaysia' Langkawi island, will also be on the agenda.
After the plenary session, the prime ministers will witness the signing of an agreement on border crossings and an MoU on youth and sports cooperating before holding a joint news conference.
The Malaysian prime minister will also host a dinner in honor of the Thai premier and her delegation.
Thailand hosted the Fourth Annual Consultation on December 8-9, 2009.