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Defense Minister in Talks With Thais

Defense Minister Tea Banh is in Bangkok for two days of talks with his Thai counterpart to help maintain peace along the northern border, officials said Thursday, as a diplomatic row between the two neighbors continues.

Tea Banh will meet with Thai Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan in Pattaya, Thailand, to maintain stable security, good cooperation and management of troops on both sides, officials said on condition of anonymity.

Tea Banh confirmed on Thursday he would travel for a “regular meeting,” but he declined to give details.

Military officials say the meeting is the first of its kind since deep diplomatic divisions opened between the two countries in October over Cambodia’s appointment of ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra as an economic adviser to Hun Sen.

Both sides have withdrawn their ambassadors over the row.