Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday confirmed their cooperation in promoting free trade, with the Southeast Asian country expressing its readiness to join the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership that Japan has helped spearhead.

In a news briefing after their meeting in Tokyo, Abe said Japan hailed Thailand's willingness to enter the agreement.

Japan has worked hard to conclude the TPP following the withdrawal of the United States last year under President Donald Trump, and sought to expand the multilateral framework.