Thai Foreign Minister discusses bilateral and regional issues during visit to Washington D.C.
Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai visited Washington D.C. during May 3-6 2017 to participate in the Special ASEAN-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and meet with key people to discuss bilateral and regional issues of common interest.
On May 4, 2017 the Foreign Minister attended the Special ASEAN-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Meeting hosted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the U.S. Department of State, during which the meeting discussed ways to further advance the strategic partnership between ASEAN and the U.S., and strengthen cooperation on strategic issues of common concern. ASEAN and the United States commemorate the 40th anniversary of dialogue partnership this year.
Following the ASEAN-U.S. meeting, Foreign Minister Don had a bilateral meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, during which both sides agreed to work closely together to strengthen the Thai-U.S. alliance and mutually beneficial relationship in all aspects.
On May 5, Foreign Minister Don along with other ASEAN Ministers met with Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, National Security Advisor to President Trump, to exchange views on ASEAN-U.S. relations and regional security challenges.
The Foreign Minister also met with Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, to discuss cooperation between ASEAN and World Bank on sustainable development agenda. Thailand is currently a country coordinator for ASEAN on sustainable development.
During the visit, the Foreign Minister also met with a number of members of the Congress, namely Senator Cory Gardner, Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy; Representative Ed Royce, Chairman of House Committee on Foreign Affairs; and Representative Ted Yoho, Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. In these meetings, both sides exchanged views on regional and international issues and ways forward to further strengthen the alliance and partnership between the two countries.