Japan’s Defense Minister commends PM Yingluck for her role in ASEAN

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BANGKOK, 19 September 2013 The Defense Minister of Japan has praised Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for her significant role in the ASEAN region; the Thai Premier, meanwhile, thanked Japan for its military support. 

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has paid tribute to the Thai Premier at the Government House, where he praised Miss Yingluck for her role in stabilizing and maintaining security in the ASEAN region, especially as a coordinator between ASEAN member countries and China based on the rule of law.

In response, Miss Yingluck said she was glad to see amicable diplomatic relations between the two countries. She also congratulated Japan for seeing off rivals Madrid and Istanbul to win the vote to host the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020; the race which Japan won by 60 votes to 36 in the final round of voting by the International Olympic Committee.

She also expressed her gratitude to the Defense Minister for Japan’s support for the Thai military as several military drills and practices have been joined by Japanese soldiers.

As regards the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), the Premier Thailand’s operation and decisions will be made based on trust, liberty, and safety, under the DOC agreement.