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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Sends Congratulatory Letter to New US President

On the occasion that the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr. sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on 21 January 2021 (Bangkok Time), Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has sent a congratulatory letter to President Biden.

In his letter, the Prime Minister applauded President Biden’s historic presidential election victory that reflects the trust, confidence, and hope the American people have placed upon the President. With more than 200 years of friendship and Thailand being the United States’ first and oldest treaty partner in Asia, Thailand takes pride in its strategic partnership with the United States, which has contributed not only to the mutual benefit of the two countries and peoples, but also to security, stability, and prosperity in the region.

The Prime Minister expressed his readiness to work closely with President Biden and his Administration to reinvigorate the long-established Thailand-United States relations and multi-faceted cooperation in all levels. He also looks forward to an opportunity to welcome President Biden and the First Lady in Thailand in the near future.

Congratulatory Letter from Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha to President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the occasion of the inauguration of the President of the United States of America

“Dear Mr. President,

On behalf of the Thai people and the Royal Thai Government, I have the great honor to extend to you our sincere congratulations upon your inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. Your historic victory with the highest number of votes ever cast in the United States’ election history, amid all challenges, is indeed a reflection of the trust, confidence, and hope that the American people have placed upon you.

With the strong ties of friendship between our two countries dating back over 200 years and with Thailand being the United States’ oldest treaty partner in Asia, we take great pride in our strategic partnership that has progressed through thick and thin. Our enduring alliance and multi-faceted cooperation have contributed not only to the mutual benefit of our two countries and peoples, but also to security, stability, and prosperity in the region.

As you said so eloquently on the day prior to the assumption of your office – “to heal, we must remember.” The world must heed these words, so we can start mending and putting back together all the broken pieces and heal the hurt. Every nation has experienced a fair share of divisiveness, conflict, and devastation, amplified in multitude by the pandemic. All of us have been trying to find the best way per our particular context and narrative to bridge the gaping divide, resolve our differences, and rise up above. 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. Thailand, as the United States’ first and oldest treaty partner in Asia, is prepared to walk side by side with you on this journey.

I very much look forward to working closely with you and your Administration to reinvigorate our long-established relations and deepen our multi-faceted cooperation bilaterally, regionally, and globally. On this note, I would also like to extend my standing invitation to you and the First Lady to visit Bangkok, and hope to have a chance to welcome you in the near future.

Upon your assumption of this great and honorable responsibility, I wish you good health and great success in carrying out all the important missions ahead.

Please accept, Mr. President, the assurances of my highest consideration.

General (Ret.)

(Prayut Chan-o-cha)

Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand”

 

 

Source: The Government Public Relations Department

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