Ambassador pays courtesy call on Governor David Y. Ige of Hawaii and discusses close relationship between Thailand and Hawaii

Ambassador Pisan Manawapat paid a courtesy call on Governor David Y. Ige of Hawaii. They exchanged views on the long-standing relationship between Thailand and the State of Hawaii and ways to strengthen this bond of friendship, especially at the people-to-people and business levels.

Ambassador Pisan was accompanied by Mr. Colin T. Miyabara, Honorary Consul-General of Thailand to Honolulu, and Mr. Vorapun Srivoranart, Counselor at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington D.C.

image (1)He informed Governor Ige that Hawaii has a special place in the Thai-US relations. Their Majesties King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit paid visits to Hawaii twice in 1960 and again in 1967. Throughout several decades, many Thais have come to Hawaii to pursue their higher education and attend training courses. The US Pacific Command, with its headquarters in Hawaii, has long enjoyed close and cordial partnership with Thai armed forces.

He also thanked Governor Ige and the State of Hawaii for taking good care of over 3,000 Thai nationals and Thai businesses in Hawaii.

Ambassador Pisan and Governor Ige agreed that, with its unique geographical location, Hawaii can be a major platform for forging closer relations and understandings between the U.S. and Asia under the Rebalance to Asia policy of the U.S. Government.