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Tillerson hopes Thailand’s elections ‘proceed as scheduled’

Aug 09. 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson greets the US Embassy staff and their families at the American ambassador’s residence to kick-start his visit to Thailand on Tuesday. Photo credit: US Embassy, Bangkok
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson greets the US Embassy staff and their families at the American ambassador’s residence to kick-start his visit to Thailand on Tuesday. Photo credit: US Embassy, Bangkok
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By The Nation

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed hope that Thailand will return to civilian control next year when the country holds general elections promised by the post-coup government.

Tillerson spoke to United States Embassy staff on Tuesday at the American ambassador’s residence during his visit to Thailand. He emphasised the long and historic nature of the US-Thai relationship, according to the US Department of State’s Official Blog website.

“We want to continue to grow that relationship, even in its ups and downs, which has been the history of this country. We have been treaty partners for over 184 years, and we’ve been allies for over 60. So, next year the US will mark 200 years of relations with Thailand,” he said.

“I think that’s significant because elections are scheduled here in Thailand next year, as well, to return the country to civilian control. We certainly hope those elections proceed as scheduled. And I think it’ll be meaningful that we’re celebrating 200 years at a time when the country is returning to civilian control.”

Tillerson met Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House on Tuesday to discuss regional issues and bilateral cooperation. He also met with Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss “topics impacting the Asia Pacific region and the two countries’ enduring ties”, according to the US Department of State.

Prayut reportedly maintained during his meeting with Tillerson that the “road map” for a return to democracy would proceed as scheduled.

 

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