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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand

02/12/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/12/2024 19:52

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand had a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of State in Washington, D.C.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand had a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of State in Washington, D.C.

H.E. Panpree Bahiddha-Nukara, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand met with The Homorable Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State, during his official visit to the U.S. at the invitation of the Secretary. Both sides stressed the importance of strategic alliance and 190-year partnership between the two countries to response to challenges both at the regional and global levels, based on shared values and mutual interest. The meeting follows the positive momentum that has been increased through high-level engagements, especially the visit of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan to Thailand last month.

Both sides agreed to push forward the cooperation under the Communique on Strategic Alliance and Partnership, especially on defense, that both sides will be meeting at the 2nd Strategic and Defense Dialogue (2+2) in Bankok between 28-29 February this year, and on enhancing economic partnership, especially trade and investment as well as efforts to address climate change.

Both sides also exchanged views on the situation in the region, especially the geopolitical landscape and the situation in Myanmar. The US side welcomed Thailand's efforts to ease the situation, including Thailand's humanitarian initiative. The meeting also discussed develoments in other regions, which include situations in Israel, Ukraine and the efforts to help the release of Thai hostages in Gaza. The Thai side also took this opportunity to seek the U.S.' support for Thailand's candidature for the UN Human Rights Council membership for the 2025-2027 term.