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Burma to Lend Thailand White Elephant as Symbol of Ties

14 June 2013

Thailand plans to borrow a white elephant from Burma as a symbol to mark 65 years of bilateral ties between the countries, Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul said on Thursday. According to the Bangkok-based newspaper The Nation, the idea was discussed with Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin during this week’s Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation meeting in Bali. The white elephant, considered an auspicious animal in the Buddhist countries of Southeast Asia, would be displayed in Chiang Mai Zoo for six months, said Surapong. The two countries will mark 65 years of diplomatic relations next year.