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Japan PM touts unity on Ukraine in Southeast Asia tour

Tokyo and Bangkok sign defense equipment pact and eye South China Sea cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, center left, and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, center right, meet in Bangkok on May 2.   © Kyodo

BANGKOK -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday held the last in a string of Southeast Asian summits aimed at helping to shape the international narrative on the conflict in Ukraine.

Kishida and Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha called for an immediate end to hostilities, along with humanitarian aid. Without criticizing Russia directly, they affirmed that unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force would not be tolerated and stressed the importance of international law on respecting countries' independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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