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Sihasak provides assurances to Japan on continued cooperation

Permanent Secretary for foreign affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow on Thursday met with Japan's ambassador to Thailand Shigekatsu Sato to provide assurances on Thailand's commitment to continuing the excellent economic cooperation between the two countries following the coup.

Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee said that during the 40-minute meeting, Sihasak briefed the envoy about the latest political developments and the junta's roadmap to restore confidence in the country after the power seizure.

The meeting was held to explain and instil understanding and confidence in Thailand, which has enjoyed and diplomatic relations with Japan for a long time.

Sihasak informed the envoy of Thailand's commitment to implementing the roadmap in order to restore democracy and support reconciliation leading to an election.

Sek quoted the envoy as telling Sihasak that Japan was grateful for the excellent cooperation between the two countries. He also thanked Sihasak for giving him a clear picture of the political developments and economic policy and will forward the information to his government.

"The relations with Thailand will move forward and Japan will welcome Sihasak, in his capacity as acting foreign minister, to Japan probably next month. Both countries are working on the dates for the visit," Sek quoted the envoy as saying.


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