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Malaysia PM Anwar enters Thai peace talks with separatist rebels

Leader may help jump-start negotiations in Thailand's troubled south

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim: "There must be a peaceful and amicable resolution to the conflict." (Source photo by Reuters)

BANGKOK -- Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim will make his first visit to Thailand next Thursday, officially stepping into decadelong peace negotiations between Bangkok and Thai-Malay separatist rebels along the shared border.

Malaysia's northern neighbor will be Anwar's fourth international visit since becoming prime minister in November. His meetings with counterparts in Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore have covered economic cooperation and regional security issues, which will also be on the agenda in Thailand.

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