Ambassador visits East-West Center and University of Hawaii, Manoa, to discuss Thai-U.S. relations, developments in Asia-Pacific, and enhancement of educational ties

Ambassador Pisan visited the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii, Manoa, to exchange views about Thai-U.S. relations, developments in the Asia-Pacific regions and ways to foster closer educational links between Thailand and the U.S.

imageAt the East-West Center, Ambassador Pisan met with Dr. Charles E. Morrison, President of the East-West Center, and participated in a round table discussion with scholars and researchers from the East-West Center and other Honolulu-based institutes, during which they discussed developments in Thailand and the Thai-U.S. relations, Thailand’s roles in the Mekong Subregion and ASEAN, as well as other strategic issues in the wider Asia-Pacific of mutual interest.

Following the discussions, Ambassador Pisan and his delegation paid a visit to the Royal Thai Pavilion at the East-West Center. The original pavilion was dedicated to the East-West Center by His Majesty King Bhumimol during his second visit to Hawaii in 1967 as a gift and a symbol of hospitality and brotherhood for travelers from East and West . The Pavilion was given a formal name of “Pratinang Patiharn Tasanai” or “Throne of the Miracle Vision”. In 2008, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the dedication ceremony of the renovated pavilion in 2008.

At the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Ambassador Pisan discussed with scholars in charge of Thai studies and Thai language teaching on ways to promote greater understanding about Thailand in the U.S., especially among new generations.