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Thailand and US Reaffirm Strong and Thriving Alliance

4 October 2017 (Readers 579)

The President of United States of America Donald J. Trump and the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha shared a vision of a stronger alliance for common security, a closer economic partnership for common prosperity, and growing people-to-people ties.
The Prime Minister paid an official visit to the United States on 2-4 October 2017. According to the Joint Statement between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand, the two leaders emphasized that historic alliance between the two countries has been a key feature in underpinning peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific and resolved to further strengthen the alliance through a broad range of measures, including enhanced dialogue, closer coordination, regular exchange of visits, and defense modernization efforts to ensure it continues to help shape the future of the region.
Building on the 2012 Joint Vision Statement for the Thailand-United States Defense Alliance, the two leaders hailed continued efforts to advance their alliance, including through the recent United States-Thailand Strategic Dialogue and the planned Defense Strategic Talks later this year. They also welcomed closer military-to-military cooperation and joint exercises, including Cobra Gold the largest multilateral military exercise in Asia, which help promote interoperability and friendship.
The United States welcomed Thailands active role in promoting regional cooperation to combat trafficking in persons and both sides decided to strengthen their partnership to address this common challenge. The two sides determined to work more closely on intelligence sharing and law enforcement training, and make full use of the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Bangkok to forge networks and enhance coordination among law enforcement officials in the Indo-Pacific.
They pledged to strengthen partnership on global health security, including through close cooperation between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its Thai counterparts, and the joint collaboration at the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) in Bangkok. They look forward to strengthening of cooperation in the area of maritime security to advance Indo-Pacific security.
Recognizing Thailands strategic importance to the United States and the region, President Trump welcomed Thailands commitment to the Roadmap, which upon completion of relevant organic laws as stipulated by the Constitution, will lead toward free and fair elections in 2018. The two leaders also recognized the importance of protecting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms.
They welcomed the progress made by the Thai Government to enhance intellectual property protection and enforcement and the announcement by the U.S. Trade Representative of a Special 301 Out-of-Cycle review of Thailand because of recent actions by Thailand to address intellectual property issues. They noted recent progress to further expand bilateral trade and tasked their teams to resolve expeditiously concerns related to agricultural trade, customs, and workers rights.
Prime Minister Prayut welcomed the United States as a leading investor in Thailand. President Trump welcomed growing investment from Thai companies in the United States and its potential contribution to jobs creation for American workers.
They recognized the important contributions of over 7,000 Thai students currently studying in the United States and the Thai-American community, as well as more than 5,000 Peace Corps volunteers in Thailand over the past decades. They also pledged support for closer cooperation in the areas of education, youth exchanges, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, among others.
President Trump and Prime Minister Prayut saluted the 200th anniversary of first contacts between the United States and Thailand in 1818, and welcomed preparations to celebrate this momentous occasion.
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