Thai PM meets Japanese Emperor prior to GMS Summit

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TOKYO, 3 July 2015  – The Prime Minister of Thailand is set to meet the President of JETRO, the Emperor of Japan, and leaders from the GMS nations today prior to attending the GMS Summit tomorrow.

The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is currently on his official visit to Japan from 2-4 July 2015, to join the 7th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit that will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

The Thai PM discussed with the President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) this morning, and had lunch with leaders from the GMS countries and members of the Mekong-Japan Parliamentary Friendship group.

The Prime Minister was granted audience with the Emperor of Japan, which he is scheduled to attend after meeting of the Mekong-Five Economic Forum. He will join in a discussion with the Japanese House of Representative Speaker and the President of the House of Councillors after the forum, before attending the dinner hosted by the Japanese Prime Minister.

The 7th GMS Summit is set to take place tomorrow (4 July 2015) followed by a joint press conference with the Japanese PM. The Thai PM will also take part in the gift giving ceremony to youth football players during a GMS-Japan friendship football match.

The Thai PM, along with the Japanese PM and the President of Myanmar, are also set to witness the signing of the Memorandum of Intent (MOI) on the Dawei development project in cooperation between Thailand, Myanmar, and Japan. Bilateral discussion between the Thai and Japanese PMs are also expected to commence after the MOU signing.