Sat, 21 Feb 2004

TNI chief awarded by Thailand

JAKARTA: Military commander Gen. Endriartono Sutarto was awarded "The Knight Grand Cross of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand" earlier this month, reported Friday.

Quoting a press release from the military headquarters it said the award, said to be the highest in Thailand for foreigners, was presented by the kingdom's Minister of Defense Gen. (ret) Thamarak Israngura on Feb. 16.

Endriartono had also met with his counterpart Gen. Somdhat Attanand, in which they discussed cooperation in increasing military professionalism in both countries, the report said. -- JP