Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to pay a visit to the United States from 2 to 4 October 2017 at the invitation of President of the United States Donald J. Trump.
President Trump on 30 April 2017 telephoned Prime Minister General Prayut and invited him to visit the United States at a convenient time. The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of the long-standing alliance between Thailand and the United States.
Accompanying the Prime Minister on this trip will be ministers and senior officials from relevant government agencies, as well as representatives from the private sector. Among them are Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda, Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn, and Deputy Defense Minister Udomdej Sitabutr.
The Prime Minister will meet President Trump at the White House on 3 October 2017. The two leaders will discuss bilateral issues across a wide spectrum of areas and exchange views on regional issues. Prime Minister General Prayut will also attend a gala dinner hosted in his honor by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister’s visit to the United States will help re-energize and further strengthen high-level ties between Thailand and the United States, advance mutual cooperation on several fronts, and reaffirm Thailand as the United States’ oldest ally in Asia.
As next year will mark the 200th anniversary of the first Thai-American contacts, both countries will organize various activities to celebrate the occasion. Thailand and the United States established relations in 1818 and signed a Treaty of Amity and Commerce in 1833, formalizing diplomatic relations. The treaty was signed during the reign of King Rama III, and at that time Andrew Jackson was the President of the United States.
The Prime Minister has affirmed that Thailand stands ready to support and promote bilateral cooperation in all fields, particularly trade, investment, and security, and to support the constructive role of the United States in maintaining peace and security in the region.