Thailand and U.S. hold seventh Strategic Dialogue

Diplomats from Thailand and the United States convened online last week to hold the Seventh U.S.-Thailand Strategic Dialogue during which they forged common ground on regional security, economic prosperity, health cooperation and crime fighting.

“The Strategic Dialogue is an integral part of the enduring U.S.-Thai relationship,” said a spokesperson of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. “The two delegations explored ways to deepen cooperation in areas, including climate change and clean energy, business, technology, and people-to-people connections.”

First and foremost, Thai and U.S. diplomats reaffirmed their defense alliance, which they said benefits both nations and helps to build and ensure peace and prosperity throughout the Indo-Pacific region.  Both sides also reiterated the importance of long standing economic and development partnership.  Current urgent issues such as the COVID-19 preparedness and responses were also highlighted.  The two delegations agreed to strengthen and explore greater cooperation in health-related areas, including handling with its adverse effects in other aspects, such as securing strong and resilient supply chain between the two countries.

On behalf of Thailand, Thani Thongphakdi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the Kingdom’s delegation, while Ambassador Atul Keshap, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs led the U.S. team.

Thailand is the oldest treaty partner of the U.S. in Asia. The first American ship docked in Bangkok in 1818 and the two countries signed a Treaty of Amity and Commerce in 1833. Thailand and the U.S. have been closely cooperating on military and security matters for more than half a century.

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