Blinken to visit Thailand to strengthen partnership

Secretary of State of the United States (US) Antony Blinken will visit Thailand from Dec 15 to 16. - Reuters

BANGKOK, Dec 9 (Bernama): Secretary of State of the United States (US) Antony Blinken will visit Thailand from Dec 15 to 16 to further strengthen Thailand-US alliance and strategic partnership.

In a statement, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Blinken, who is on his inaugural visit the Southeast Asian region, is scheduled to call on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha.

During the visit, he will have a bilateral meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.

Secretary Blinken will also have lunch with members of the Thai private sector.

"This visit will be an opportunity to further enhance Thailand - US alliance and strategic partnership and promote cooperation in the areas of mutual interest of both countries,” the statement said.

Secretary Blinken’s visit to Thailand is part of his travel itinerary to the region which includes Malaysia and Indonesia from 13-16 Dec.

The State Department said during the visit regional issues including the situation in Myanmar will be discussed.

Blinken’s visit marks Washington’s greater diplomatic engagement in the region where Vice President Kamala Harris, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and State Department Counselor Derek Chollett, the deputy secretary of state, Wendy Sherman and assistant secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel J. Kritenbrink paid visits to the region. - Bernama

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