The Prime Minister of Thailand, General Kriangsak Chamanand, has arrived in Japan for a four-day official visit.
The Prime Minister of Thailand, General Kriangsak Chamanand, has arrived in Japan for a four-day official visit. On Wednesday (17 January), General Kriangsak met Japanese Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira for talks which centred on the situation in Kampuchea (Cambodia). The visit -- originally due to last six days -- has been shortened, following the invasion of Kampuchea by Vietnamese-backed forces.
SYNOPSIS: The Thai Prime Minister waved to onlookers as he left the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo with the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Ohira, and other dignitaries. General Kriangsak has already held talks with Japanese leaders. At a news conference, he said that, while Thailand was not perturbed by events in Kampuchea, any foreign troops trying to invade his country would meet with strong resistance.
After inspecting a guard of honour on Wednesday, Mr. Ohira introduced General Kriangsak to members of his Cabinet, officials and diplomats, before they left for the Japanese leader's official residence to start their talks.
The discussions between the two leaders were wide-ranging, and General Kriangsak is seeking further economic aid from Japan - and Mr. Ohira is expected to pledge an increased loan to help develop rural areas in Thailand. The loan is reported to be in the region of two hundred million (US) dollars.
Thailand wants Japan to join ministerial talks on Kampuchea, to be held by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) - an organisation representing Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.