Thai PM congratulates Biden on inauguration, calls for global unity

Thai Prime Minister Prayut- Chan-O-Cha.

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha has congratulated Joe Biden on becoming the 46th president of the United States, noting that his victory with the biggest vote in US election history was “a reflection of the trust, confidence, and hope that the American people have placed upon you”.

In Thursday’s (Jan 21) letter of congratulation on behalf of the Thai people and government, Prayut noted that Thailand was the United States’ oldest treaty partner in Asia, with ties of friendship dating back over two centuries and a strategic partnership that “has progressed through thick and thin”.

The alliance had brought mutual benefit not just to the two countries but also to security, stability and prosperity in the region, said the letter.

It added that the world must heed Biden’s words, “to heal, we must remember”, as a prescription for the “divisiveness, conflict and devastation” that had been amplified by Covid-19.

“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that as the world is going through a historic change, the most important thing is for us to turn towards each other, not against one another, and collaborate.”

Prayut said Thailand would walk side by side with the United States on this journey.

He signed off by saying he was looking forward to working closely with Biden’s administration, before extending an invitation to the president and the First Lady to visit Bangkok. - The Nation/Asia News Network

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