INTRODUCTION: Thailand's Prime Minister, Mr.
TOKYO, JAPAN (VISNEWS - KIMIAKI TANAKA)
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Background: TOKYO, JAPAN
INTRODUCTION: Thailand's Prime Minister, Mr. Prem Tinsulanoda, arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday (4 November) for talks with Japanese leaders. The main purpose of his four-day visit was to seek Japanese help in financing mining and industrial projects in his country.
SYNOPSIS: During his visit to the Japanese capital Mr. Tinsulanoda stayed at the Akasaka Palace where he was given an enthusiastic welcome by his hosts.
Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki presided over the ceremonial reception for the Thai delegation on Thursday (5 November). Talks between the two leaders concentrated on economic affairs. Thailand wants Japanese financial assistance with the construction of a 320 million US dollar natural gas separation plant now being built at the port of Sattahip, south of Bangkok. The plant, due to begin operations in 1983, will refine gas from the natural gas fields in the Gulf of Thailand.
Prime Minister Tinsulanoda's major objective was to persuade Mr. Suzuki's government to grant the Thais favourable loan terms for the project, ideally with nominal interest and a long repayment arrangement. Mr. Tinsulanoda, seemingly unworried by persistent rumours of another attempted coup in his country, views the Sattahip project as a vital part of Thailand's current five-year economic plan. This is expected to cost over 25 billion dollars and the Thais have already been promised aid by the United States, Britain, France and West Germany as well as Japan. On a more ceremonial note, Mr. Tinsulanoda also met Emperor Hirohito during his visit.
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