U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai in Washington D.C. where they reiterated their commitment to the two nations’ treaty alliance and defeating Covid-19.
The Monday meeting saw the U.S. solicit Thailand’s help in bolstering the recovery from the global pandemic and supporting human rights, something Thailand has shown little willingness to do since the 2014 military coup.
Blinken and Dom also acknowledged the threat of the climate crisis and reaffirmed the global interest in strengthening climate ambition and promoting sustainable economic growth.
Heading into Thailand’s 2022 APEC-host year, the two leaders discussed ways to further align goals on trade and investment, connectivity, and sustainable and inclusive growth.
The secretary and foreign minister expressed concerns regarding the crisis in Myanmar and resolved to continue working together to ensure implementation of the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus and urge the Burmese military to immediately cease the violence and release those unjustly detained.