Japan-Thailand Relations

June 28, 2019
(Photo1) Japan-Thailand Summit Meeting 1 Japan-Thailand Summit Meeting (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
(Photo2) Japan-Thailand Summit Meeting 2 Japan-Thailand Summit Meeting (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
On June 28, 2019, commencing at 4:15 p.m. for 20 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand on the occasion of Prime Minister Prayut’s visit to Japan to attend the G20 Osaka Summit Meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. Prime Minister Abe welcomed the reunion with Prime Minister Prayut and his visit to Japan for the first time since last October and congratulated Prime Minister Prayut for his appointment as Prime Minister and also for the enthronement of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua. In response, Prime Minister Prayut expressed his pleasure at visiting Japan on his first foreign visit as the prime minister of the new Thai administration and his congratulations for the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor.
2. With regard to ASEAN, Prime Minister Abe, bearing in mind that Thailand is the ASEAN chair this year, stated that “In the ASEAN-related Summit Meetings, we would like to send a strong message on the issues such as North Korea, the South China Sea and connectivity among other things.” Prime Minister Prayut stated that he would like to cooperate towards the conclusion by the end of the year of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and also expressed his intention that as respective chairs of the G20 and ASEAN, Japan and Thailand should cooperate in leading the discussions in ASEAN.
3. Concerning the situation in North Korea, Prime Minister Abe emphasized “the importance of the full implementation of the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions” and expressed that he “hopes for understanding and cooperation towards an early resolution of the abductions issue”. Prime Minister Prayut responded by saying that Thailand has strictly implemented the UNSC resolutions.
4. The two leaders also exchanged views on the G20 Summit and the East Economic Corridor development in Thailand among other things.

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