Thai Ambassador visits East-West Center, Honolulu
On December 12, 2016, Ambassador Pisan Manawapat met with Dr. Charles Morrison, President of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, to exchange views about the future of Thai-U.S. relations and the incoming U.S. administration’s policy toward Asia. Thai Consul-General to Los Angeles, Tanee Sangrat, joined the meeting.
Ambassador Pisan and Consul-General Tanee also engaged in a roundtable discussion with scholars and researchers of the East-West Center. The discussion covered a broad range of topics of mutual interest, such as Thai-U.S. relations and opportunities with the new U.S. administration, and other strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific.
Ambassador Pisan thanked the East-West Center for issuing a touching message of condolences following the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in October 2016.
Following the discussions, Ambassador Pisan and his delegation visited the Royal Thai Pavilion, known as Sala Thai, at the East-West Center. The original pavilion was dedicated by His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej during his second visit to Hawaii in 1967 as a gift and a symbol of hospitality for travelers from East and West. The pavilion was given a formal name of “Throne of the Miracle Vision”. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the dedication ceremony of the renovated pavilion in 2008.
Mr. Panupat Chavananikul