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Prayut congratulates Biden on inauguration, calls for global unity

By The Nation




Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has congratulated Joe Biden on becoming the 46th president of the United States, noting that his victory with the biggest vote in US election history was “a reflection of the trust, confidence, and hope that the American people have placed upon you”.


In Thursday’s letter of congratulation on behalf of the Thai people and government, Prayut noted that Thailand was the United States’ oldest treaty partner in Asia, with ties of friendship dating back over two centuries and a strategic partnership that “has progressed through thick and thin”.


The alliance had brought mutual benefit not just to the two countries but also to security, stability and prosperity in the region, said the letter.


It added that the world must heed Biden’s words, “to heal, we must remember”, as a prescription for the “divisiveness, conflict and devastation” that had been amplified by Covid-19.


“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.”


Prayut said Thailand would walk side by side with the United States on this journey.


He signed off by saying he was looking forward to working closely with Biden’s administration, before extending an invitation to the president and the First Lady to visit Bangkok.

Source: https://www.thaigov.go.th/news/contents/details/38497
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2 hours ago, YetAnother said:

sure, but thailand will start that walk  in step with china; only it's shadow will be walking with the usa

Why not, people have had enough of the USA BS for a the last couple of years

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don't the policies and what not that biden stands for stand in direct contradiction with some of the things that have happened here ? 


joe i'm looking for you to call a spade a spade here my man. 

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I don't see how it is in the USA's interest at this time whoever is president to get involved in the internal politics of Thailand. Especially considering the historic triple play of internal crises in the USA -- the pandemic, the economy, and right wing domestic terrorism. 


I'm sure the congratulatory letter from Thailand's PM is appreciated. Both countries probably care about trade policies between them more than anything. 


Thailand isn't like a democratic western ally where the traditional strong bonds were trashed by the exited disgraced president. Those are the foreign relations priorities for President Biden -- to repair the damage with traditional strong democratic allies. Even that won't be easy as those allies correctly will understand that a country that so quickly slipped into anti-democratic authoritarianism could revert back to that horror in the next election. It turns out based on the Mr. trump era that America wasn't what the world thought it was, indeed it wasn't what most Americans thought it was (as Mr. trump never enjoyed majority support even among Americans). 


On a related note, do you think President Biden will replace the current U.S. ambassador who was a pure POLITICAL appointment, not a career diplomat? 


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