The President of the United States Donald Trump welcomed Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha to the White House yesterday.
The first visit by a Thai leader to the White House since 2005 as relations between the two nations continue to grow since Thailand military coup.
The pair began their meeting acknowledging the horrific events of Sunday nights shooting in Las Vegas and also the situation in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
President Trump called the Thai Prime Ministers visit a “great honour” he also noted that the bond between Thailand and the US stretched back 180 years and that relations continue to improve over the last nine months.
The president invited the PM after taking the seat in the Oval office back in January in part due to growing concerns with Thailand’s improving relationship with China.
It was reported that US Military officials are concerned about purchases of weapons from China and the possibility of losing access to Thai ports which are said to be the only reliable ports in the region.
One sit down between the two leaders is unlikely to cause major change but it will at least give America an opportunity to compete with China for relations with Thailand and its place as a strategically located country in the centre of mainland Southeast Asia.
Another hot topic that was discussed during the meeting was the subject of trade with the US President wasting no time in trying to get Thailand to reduce the trade deficit between the two nations by purchasing more American products.
After the meeting the Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai told reporters present that Thailand is willing to purchase 50-60 thousand tonnes of coal from the United States.
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