Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is received by Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha at Government House in Bangkok
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) is received by Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha (R) at Government House in Bangkok on September 9, 2016. REUTERS/Lillian Suwanrumpha/Pool

(From Reuters)

The leaders of Thailand and Malaysia agreed on Friday to increase intelligence sharing on security and to move forward in possibly building a border wall to combat transnational terrorism and smuggling.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) is received by Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha (R) at Government House in Bangkok on September 9, 2016. REUTERS/Lillian Suwanrumpha/Pool

People-trafficking and the smuggling of contraband, including drugs and petrol, have flourished along the Thai-Malay border for years until a crackdown by Thai officials on human traffickers caused some of the routes to shut down last year.

Analysts say that separatist insurgents operating in Thailand’s deep south use Malaysia as a base to launch and plan their attacks.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters that security remained “a very important matter” for both countries and that there was an agreement to increase intelligence gathering and sharing to apprehend cross-border terrorism. Read More

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