Japan hopes to see election in Thailand next year

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said he hoped to see the general election in Thailand next year.

The hope for next year’s election was expressed by Mr Kono during a bilateral meeting with his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai as they attended the APEC Ministerial Meeting in Danang, Vietnam on Nov 7.

According to the website of the Thai Foreign Ministry, Mr Don offered his congratulations on Mr Kono for his reappointment as the Foreign Minister while the Japanese Foreign Minister assuring of his cooperation to work with Thailand.

The Japanese counterpart also said he hoped Thailand could hold election in 2018.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has said earlier that general election will be held in November next year.

At the meeting, the two also exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual concern, including the South China Sea, and the Korean Peninsula, and  the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Both also exchanged views on the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and Mr Don’s recent visit to Myanmar.