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Prayut Heads to US for ASEAN Summit, Push Thailand as American Supply Chain Partner

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha departed for Washington on Wednesday to attend the second ASEAN-U.S. Special Summit.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said Prayut’s visit follows several rounds of negotiations over the dates for the summit.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries and the U.S. are marking 45 years of dialogue relations and will discuss ways to intensify cooperation in various areas.

Thailand’s delegation includes Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pramudwinai and Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow.

Prayut also will meet leaders of other ASEAN nations to discuss cooperation on post-pandemic recovery and the region’s sustainable growth, as well as the U.S.’s constructive role in the region.

He will also meet with the U.S. businesses to assure them of Thailand’s readiness to transition into the next phase of reopening and economic recovery, and affirm the country’s aspiration to become a key supply chain partner for the digital economy, sustainable development, clean energy and electric vehicles.

The PM’s schedule for May 12 includes attending luncheon hosted by U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in honor of the ASEAN leaders, meeting with U.S. businessmen at the Department of Commerce, and attending dinner reception hosted by the President Joe Biden at the White House.