BANGKOK, Feb 24 (AFP): Australia's defence minister aimed to reassure Thailand on Friday that plans to acquire a new fleet of nuclear submarines would enhance "collective security" in the region after neighbouring countries voiced concerns.
The submarine issue came up during a visit to Manila earlier this week, Defence Minister Richard Marles told AFP in an interview, and was also on the agenda for Friday's talks with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who is responsible for defence.
"The point I'll be making to the prime minister is about contributing to the collective security of the region," Marles said ahead of the meeting.
"It's about building balance, and through that contributing to peace and stability of the region."
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