The Deputy Government Spokesman Lt Gen Werachon Sukondhapatipak, revealed today that in a meeting between the Prime Ministers of Thailand and Japan at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha had thanked the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who congratulated the Thai Prime Minister on resuming his position as Prime Minister for a second term.
The Japanese Prime Minister thanked the Thai Prime Minister for joining the summit, expressing a willingness to support Thailand’s input as the Chairman of the ASEAN Committee this year regarding ASEAN’s vision of the Indo-Pacific region focusing on broad cooperation which results in mutual benefit, especially during the present U.S.-China trade war.
Thailand, as the Chairman of ASEAN in 2019, is willing to cooperate with Japan and G20 member countries in areas focused on by Japan such as free investment and World Trade Organization reform. Thailand believes this G20 summit will benefit the overall global situation and help mitigate the flow on effects of global economic issues, and pledged to proceed with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership’s (RCEP) agenda to achieve concrete outcomes from negotiations within the time the country ossupies the ASEAN chair.
Thailand and Japan have agreed on cooperation to promote sustainable development, and tackle future challenges together. The Thai premier has thanked Japan for agreeing to become a development partner in the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS).
The Prime Minister of Thailand has reassured Japan of the political stability of Thailand, as the new government is being formed, with policies and cooperation to be further driven forward continuously. The Japanese Prime Minister on this occasion mentioned the development of Smart Cities in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), stressing their significance and his hope that such projects will be commenced in a near future.