Thai Prime Minister supports U.S. role in Asia-Pacific and pledges closer Thailand- U.S. cooperation
Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha said he supports the U.S. playing a constructive role in the region and pledged closer cooperation with Washington in all facets of the bilateral relationship. He conveyed the message to the U.S. President Donald Trump during their telephone conversation last week.
During the conversation, both leaders pledged to strengthen the ties between the two long-time allies.
“President Trump and Prime Minister Prayut expressed a strong shared interest in strengthening the trade and economic ties between the two countries,” the White House readout of the phone call said.
“The two leaders underscored their commitment to the longstanding alliance which actively contributes to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. President Trump affirmed the commitment of the United States to playing an active and leading role in Asia, in close cooperation with partners and allies like Thailand,’’ the readout said.
Both leaders also agreed to work together to increase cooperation on trade and investment that would benefit the peoples of both countries.
Following the discussion at the leadership level, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand Don Pramudwinai held a bilateral meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington on May 4. During the meeting, both sides exchanged views on further strengthening the bilateral relations between the two friendly nations and allies.
Foreign Minister Don was in Washington for the Special ASEAN-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. He also joined other ASEAN Foreign Ministers in meeting with Lt. General H.R. McMaster, National Security Advisor of President Trump, to discuss security challenges facing the Asia-Pacific and ways to strengthen the strategic partnership between ASEAN and the U.S.
While in Washington, Foreign Minister Don met with a number of key people, including members of the Congress and U.S. business executives. He also visited the All Hallows Guild’s Flowers Mart at the famous National Cathedral where the floral display of Thailand attracted big American crowd.
Royal Thai Embassy