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Thailand, Myanmar sign visa-free agreement

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Thailand and Myanmar signed an agreement on Tuesday to allow citizens with ordinary passports to make visa-free visits of up to 14 days.

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The agreement was signed by Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn and his Myanmar counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin during the Thai-Myanmar Joint Commission meeting in the northern city, Bangkok Post reports.

It will take effect on August 11, a statement released after the meeting said, with no further details.

The cabinet approved the agreement on June 21 for signing on Tuesday. It allows Thai and Myanmar citizens with ordinary passports to enter through international airports and stay for up to 14 days.

Most Thai and Myanmar airlines operate flights between the two countries using Suvarnabhumi and Chiang Mai airports.

The two countries also pledged to boost trade to $12 billon by 2017 and promote border trade activities.

Thai-Myanmar trade was worth $8.15 billion last year, according to the Commerce Ministry.


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