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Prayuth to visit Trump in Washington

Post by buksida » Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:23 pm

Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha will meet American President Donald Trump next month in Washington D.C., a government representative said Friday.

In a turnaround of often rocky Thai-U.S. relations over the past three years, Cabinet Secretary-General Teerapong Wongsiwavila said Friday that Prayuth would meet Trump in July at the White House. Teerapong did not provide specific dates.

The announcement comes after Trump made a phone call to Prayuth on April 30. A clear signal indicating a wind of change in the two countries’ relations was made by U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies – himself critical of Prayuth until Trump was elected as President. On a Thursday televised interview for the Thai-language service of Voice of America, or VOA, Davies said reconciliation is more important than pinning down an election date.

“You know, the timing of the elections isn’t so important. What’s important, I think, is for the kingdom, as soon as possible, to get back to a situation where all Thais can participate in the future of the country and where Thailand can become more reconciled,” Davies told VOA in Washington while attending a US-ASEAN Business Council meeting. Davies was in the United States to meet the new set of State Department officials under the Trump administration.

As of Saturday, there had been no official announcement by the White House.

Back in Thailand at the Government House, Prayuth on Friday ordered a letter be sent to his deputies to inform them the foreign and finance ministries had been instructed to prepare Thai-U.S. trade and investment information – including details and status of intellectual property – as a result of the Tuesday cabinet meeting. Prayuth also asked the letter to include information on copyrights and Thailand’s status in the Special 301 Report to be used during the meeting and negotiation with Trump next month.

Thailand is among 16 nations targeted by the U.S. for alleged abuse of trade rules.

Some American diplomats in Thailand, who asked not to be named, have expressed concerns about the Thai military government’s purchase of Chinese submarines. They added that Trump would likely visit Bangkok sometime in November.

“Well, it means that we could continue to evolve the relationship, to grow the relationship, to deepen it, for the benefit of both the people of Thailand, the United States. And I’m very excited about it,” Davies said to VOA when asked about the significance of the meeting in Washington.

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Re: Prayuth to visit Trump in Washington

Post by handdrummer » Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:34 pm

Does anyone know what this political speak actually means?

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Re: RE: Re: Prayuth to visit Trump in Washington

Post by hhinner » Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:54 pm

handdrummer wrote:Does anyone know what this political speak actually means?
Who cares? I just wanna see the handshake. Prayudh must be dreading it. :)

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Re: Prayuth to visit Trump in Washington

Post by oakdale160 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:59 pm

'Tell me General, this business of abolishing parliament and indefinitly postponing elections. Any tips on how this is done?"

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Re: Prayuth to visit Trump in Washington

Post by Jimbob » Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:32 am

'Khun Donald, it is easy to do what you want in Thailand. As Chairman Mao said,' Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun'.

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Re: Prayuth to visit Trump in Washington

Post by handdrummer » Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:27 pm

thanks y'all, for your astute political commentary and interpretations. I've heard that the little general is practicing with one of those spring-loaded hand strengtheners for the upcoming encounter and is dusting off his well worn copy of the little red book for timely quotes and sage repartee.

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