Thai PM raises Japanese confidence on Thai roadmap to democracy

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has raised the confidence of the Japanese in Thailand’s efforts to move toward a healthy democracy following his meeting with many governmental and private sector representatives in Tokyo today, the second day of his three-day official visit to Japan.

Among the Japanese dignitaries that the Prime Minister met were Secretary General of Japan-Thailand Parliamentarians Friendship League Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Sumitomo Mitsui Bank President Teisuke Kitayama who was also President of the Japan-Thailand Business Forum, the President of Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), and executives of Mitsubishi Motors and Honda Motor.

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In the meeting, Gen Prayut said it was a pleasure for him to have visited a healthy democratic naion like Japan. He said he understood that an election was the essence of democracy which would make Thailand more acceptable to the international community. He insisted however that any election in Thailand must occur in a peaceful manner. Thailand, he said, was currently in the second phase of the national roadmap with an aim of having a fair election within a year.

He reaffirmed that the Thai government was determined to create an understanding between people with different political stances and to ensure their compliance with the rules of law. Moreover, Thailand would put every effort to the strengthening of the Thai-Japanese cooperation, both bilaterally and multilaterally. The Prime Minister also vowed to drastically enforce laws to ensure safety for Thais and foreigners.

This afternoon, Gen Prayut was scheduled to be received in audience with Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan at the Asakasa palace in Tokyo, and then join his Japanese counterpart in a bilateral discussion.

Both leaders will witness the signing of two agreements, to be followed by a press meeting. The Thai Prime Minister will then join a dinner hosted by the Japanese Prime Minister. – See more at: http://thainews.prd.go.th/CenterWeb/NewsEN/NewsDetail?NT01_NewsID=WNPOL5802090010008#sthash.rF1SWxgB.dpuf

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