Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said that the multidimensional partnership between Thailand and the United has not only benefitted both countries, but has also contributed to the promotion of stability and prosperity in the region.
At the Thai-American Friendship Reception, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok on 29 May 2013, Mr. Surapong stated that since the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce in 1833, the friendship and cooperation between Thailand and the United States has evolved and diversified over the years into a vibrant and meaningful partnership.
This cooperation has stood the test of time, encompassing defense, trade, investment, education, scientific and technical cooperation, as well as social and cultural networks.
He said that, in November 2013, President Barack Obama’s visit to Thailand, his first overseas visit after his re-election, served as a curtain raiser to the Thai-US celebrations today. The President and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra highlighted the 180th anniversary of bilateral ties as an opportunity to further deepen the Thai – U.S. partnership.
In this spirit, the two countries are engaging more actively with a series of high-level contacts. Mr. Surapong visited the United States on 4-8 May 2013. While in Washington DC, he said that he had a fruitful discussion with Secretary of State John Kerry. In June 2013, Thailand looks forward to welcoming the U.S. Secretary of Health. Within 2013, Prime Minister Yingluck will visit the United States. This continued exchange of high-level visits is vital as both countries build upon their partnership.
Apart from their official collaboration, educational and people-to-people connections are also of great significance in the Thai-US relationship.
Mr. Surapong added that the celebration of Thai – U.S. friendship could not be fulfilled without the engagement of their people, particularly the youth and future generations who play an instrumental part in shaping and strengthening the future of the two nations.