US President Joe Biden has welcomed Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha and other Southeast Asian leaders to Washington D.C. on Thursday, May 12th, for the two-day U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit.
The Prime Minister also met the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, to discuss bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the post-Covid-19 period.
The Defense Secretary praised the Thai leader for leading Thailand to manage and fight the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has severely affected several global issues, economically and socially.
Both sides also discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in many aspects, such as capacity building and strengthening of armed forces and personnel, military training/study, joint military training, cyber and space cooperation, defense cooperation, as well as the elimination of illegal fishing and human trafficking.
In terms of regional cooperation, Prime Minister Prayut said that Thailand agreed to support the U.S.’s interaction and constructive role in the region and its role in the ASEAN Centrality under the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo – Pacific (AOIP) which focuses on mutually beneficial cooperation.
Then, the Prime Minister joined a gala dinner at the White House, hosted by US President and his administration in the evening.
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