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BANGKOK, Nov 20 (Bernama) -- Thailand and the United States (US) are committed to strengthening multi-faceted cooperation especially in trade, economic, and security, as well as climate and environment.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha and the United States Vice President Kamala Harris had a bilateral meeting on Saturday after the latter’s visit to Thailand to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting from Nov 17 to 19.
In a statement, Thailand’s Foreign Ministry said both sides were pleased with the close Thailand-United States partnership, which has continued to see increasing dynamism and underscored their commitments to enhance the multi-faceted cooperation, both at bilateral and regional levels.
On economic cooperation, Prayuth highlighted the increasing bilateral trade despite the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting the resilience of our supply chain.
“Both sides committed to working together to further develop supply chain cooperation based on the Thailand – United States Memorandum on Promoting Supply Chain Resilience, signed in July 2022.
“The Prime Minister (Prayuth) also emphasised readiness to work with the US to further promote investment cooperation in Thailand’s targeted industries, particularly clean energy, electric vehicle (EV), smart electronics, digital industry, and medical hub industry,” the statement said.
On the cooperation related to climate and environment, the statement said relevant agencies are working closely to develop collaboration programmes under the United States’ Net Zero World Initiative to support Thailand’s transition to zero-emission energy as well as potential cooperation to enhance capacity-building on clean energy under the Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Technology (FIRST).
The statement said Prayuth and Harris also discussed building upon strong partnership on security and law enforcement in addressing both conventional and modern-day security challenges.
“Both sides are working closely to enhance capacity building in law enforcement and preventing and suppressing transnational crimes, including on combating narcotics trafficking, enhancing marine patrol capability, and anti-money laundering.
Meanwhile, Prayuth also reaffirmed the commitment to work together closely to support fostering tangible cooperation under the Ayeyawady – Chao Phraya – Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), and Mekong – US Partnership, for the prosperity of the peoples in the region.
“The US also plans to provide additional US$20 million to promote development cooperation in Mekong sub-region through Japan-US Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP),” it said.
Meanwhile, according to the readout of the meeting by the White House, Harris reaffirmed the enduring partnership between US and Thailand, which is rooted in common values, and discussed efforts to strengthen cooperation across a range of bilateral and global issues.
Harris also welcomed Prayuth’s “Bio-Circular Green Economy model,” as an important effort to accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis.
“They discussed shared efforts to raise climate ambitions, reduce emissions, enhance climate adaptation and resilience, and unlock economic opportunities associated with clean energy and climate action—including partnering with the private sector on clean energy and nuclear technology,” it said.
Harris welcomed Thailand’s leadership in the Mekong sub-region, and reinforced the US commitment to promoting peace, prosperity and sustainable development in partnership with Mekong countries.
During the meeting, both leaders also discussed global issues, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its violation of the United Nations (UN) Charter.
Harris also addressed the worsening crisis in Myanmar and underscored the international community’s support for the people as they seek to restore their country’s democratic transition.
She condemned the ongoing atrocities and human rights abuses by the regime and reflected on Thailand’s long tradition of humanitarian generosity.
“The Vice President made clear that the United States stands with the people of Myanmar” it said.
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