JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.68

MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Admiral Kawano, Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff, Met with General Worapong, Chief of the Thai Defence Forces

Admiral Kawano, Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff, Met with General Worapong, Chief of the Thai Defence Forces

Thailand Chief of the Thai Defence Forces General Worapong Sanganetra paid an official visit to Japan from July 29th to August 1st at the invitation of Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano. This marked the first time in five years the Chief of the Thai Defence Forces visited Japan.

At the meeting held between Admiral Kawano and General Worapong on July 30th, both exchanged their views on the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region and affirmed their stance to promote defense cooperation and exchange that was agreed upon at the Japan-Thailand Summit Meeting held in February 2015.

Both parties, with the shared recognition that securing the peace and stability of the region is critical for the prosperity of the international community, confirmed that they would continue to promote cooperation in the security field. In particular, to deepen mutual understanding and strengthen cooperative relations between regional countries, including ASEAN countries, both agreed to cooperate closely in ADMM-Plus HA/DR experts’ working group, which Japan serves as co-chair, and the Military Medicine experts’ working group, which Thailand serves as co-chair.

Admiral Kawano expressed his appreciation to the General for Thailand’s dispatch of two naval officers, who graduated from the National Defense Academy of Japan with a deep understanding of Japan, to CTF151 Headquarters, commanded by Rear Admiral Ito, and agreed to continue to cooperate in anti-piracy operations and other activities.

General Worapong appreciated the warm hospitality extended by Admiral Kawano and welcomed the SDF’s continuing participation in the Cobra Gold exercise and personnel exchanges, including sending personnel from Thailand to the National Defense Academy of Japan, and vowed to promote exchange between the two countries.

Admiral Kawano, Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff, Met with General Worapong, Chief of the Thai Defence Forces
Admiral Kawano, Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff, Met with General Worapong, Chief of the Thai Defence Forces

Admiral Tomohisa Takei, Chief of Staff, MSDF, visited Canada and the United States

Admiral Kawano, Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff, Met with General Worapong, Chief of the Thai Defence Forces

country From July 25th to August 2nd, Admiral Tomohisa Takei, Chief of Staff, MSDF, visited Canada and the U.S. in response to official invitations from the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy and the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations. He was creating conditions for promoting mutual understanding and constructing trust relationships by exchanging views and opinions with Naval senior officials and by visiting Naval units and the like.

Admiral Kawano, Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff, Met with General Worapong, Chief of the Thai Defence Forces
Admiral Kawano, Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff, Met with General Worapong, Chief of the Thai Defence Forces
Admiral Kawano, Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff, Met with General Worapong, Chief of the Thai Defence Forces
Admiral Kawano, Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff, Met with General Worapong, Chief of the Thai Defence Forces
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