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Thailand, Malaysia leaders agree to bolster bilateral trade

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Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, right, attends a welcoming ceremony in Bangkok with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. This was the leaders' first meeting since Anwar took office in November.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha agreed to promote bilateral trade during their first summit here on Thursday.

Malaysia and Thailand aim to expand annual trade to $30 billion by 2025. Anwar and Prayuth mainly discussed economic development along their countries' shared border.

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