Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Embassy Regional Grants Program

Please complete the attached grant application (Download here) (Microsoft Word 46KB), answering all questions in full. This is the initial announcement of this funding opportunity EAP07272018 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 19.124 Application Deadline: July 27, 2018 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs (EAP) announces an open competition ...
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U.S., Thailand Kick-Off Anti-Submarine Exercise Guardian Sea

ANDAMAN SEA (NNS) – The U.S. Navy and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) kick off exercise Guardian Sea in the Andaman Sea, April 25. The five-day anti-submarine and maritime domain awareness exercise will involve cooperative evolutions designed to enhance mutual capabilities in anti-submarine warfare while also improving information sharing between the two navies. The guided-missile destroyer ...
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Consular Outreach: Phuket

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to hold a Town Hall and provide services in Phuket on Wednesday, 14 March 2018. Date: 14 March 2018 Time:  11:30am-12:00pm Town Hall 12:00pm – 3:00pm Passport/Notary Services *Please note the new time* Venue:   Millennium Resort Patong Phuket Address: 199 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Hotel phone:   (66) 7 ...
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American English E-Teacher Summer 2018

The American English E-Teacher Program offers 8-week, online university-level courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) developed by U.S. educational institutions. What courses are available? Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting Teaching Grammar Communicatively Professional Development for ...
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Consular Outreach: Udon Thani

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to provide services in Udon Thani on Wednesday, 7 March 2018. Further details regarding this event will be sent by email to all Americans registered in the STEP program ( http://step.state.gov/step ). We recommend that all U.S. visitors and residents in Thailand register to receive updates and information ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel Advisory will ...
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President Donald Trump in Asia | November 3-14 2017

As was announced on September 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii, from November 3-14, 2017. The President’s travel will underscore his commitment to longstanding United States alliances and partnerships, and reaffirm United States leadership in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific ...
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Consular Outreach: Pattaya

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to provide services in Pattaya.  Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Time: 10:00AM to NOON Venue: Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel Address: 240/2 Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya City, Chonburi 20150, Thailand Hotel phone: +66 (0) 3842 5611 https://www.dusit.com/dusitthani/pattaya/location/ Additionally, we are glad to announce that we will also come to Pattaya ...
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Directors of “Salam Neighbor” held talks in Thailand as part of the American Film Showcase

As a component of the partnership between the U.S. Department of State and The American Film Showcase, U.S Embassy Bangkok was honored to host the visit of documentary filmmakers Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple, September 11-15.  The filmmakers, together with the Embassy and Chiang Mai Consulate teams travelled to eleven events throughout Bangkok, Chiang Mai, ...
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U.S.-ASEAN Conference on Marine Environment Issues

The U.S.-ASEAN Conference on Marine Environmental Issues (September 14-15, 2017) is a significant regional marine conservation meeting. Building on numerous inaugural commitments announced at the Our Ocean Conference 2016 and the recent United Nations Ocean Conference, the event will provide key stakeholders with the opportunity to explore and recommend policies that will contribute to improved ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on His Majesty the King’s Birthday

Your Majesty: On behalf of the people and Government of the United States, I wish Your Majesty a joyous 65th birthday. The United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand have been friends for almost two centuries. Thailand was the United States’ first treaty partner in Asia – a formal relationship dating back to ...
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Statement by President Trump on His Majesty the King’s Birthday

The White House Washington July 26, 2017 His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun King of Thailand Bangkok Your Majesty: On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send you our warm greetings on the occasion of your 65th birthday. The friendship between the United States and Thailand spans almost 200 years, dating back to the ...
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Consular Outreach: Phuket

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to provide services in Phuket. Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017 Time: 8:00AM to 11:00AM Venue: Millennium Hotel, Phuket Address: 199 Rat-Uthit 200 Pee Road, Kathu, Patong, Phuket 83150, Thailand Hotel phone:  (66)(76) 601 998 Website:  https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/phuket/millennium-resort-patong-phuket/ Services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointment is necessary. ...
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The Chief of Mission Residence: A Brief History

To appreciate the United States Ambassador’s home in Bangkok, with its graceful architecture and lush grounds, one needs to understand the people and events that transformed a rice field distant from the old city to the welcoming home of today. —Written by Paul C. Jorgensen, J.D. The Undeveloped East of Bangkok By the late 1800s, ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Occasion of Ramadan

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Occasion of Ramadan On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection. Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to gather and ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Songkran Festival – Thai New Year

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON Songkran Festival – Thai New Year   On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, we send our warm wishes to the people of the Kingdom of Thailand on the celebration of Songkran. We are committed to our enduring friendship with Thailand, a partnership that has spanned nearly ...
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National Women’s History Month

Members of the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai gather on March 15 to commemorate National Women’s History Month. The U.S. Mission is proud of our talented female professionals and celebrates their significant contributions to our Mission. Throughout our history, women have made enormous contributions in the service of our country, and ...
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Happy New Year from U.S. Mission Thailand

U.S. Embassy Releases Phon Pi Mai Video To Wish Thais a Happy New Year U.S. Embassy Bangkok today launches a video to wish Thai people joy and happiness in the upcoming New Year. The 90-second video features U.S. Ambassador Glyn T. Davies, Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond, along with Thai and American staff, performing ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Aduyladej’s Birthday

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer heartfelt warm wishes to the people of Thailand on the anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Aduyladej’s birthday, this December 5. We note with sadness the passing of King Bhumibol, who would have been 89 years old on this day. We remember His Majesty ...
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Ambassador’s Statement on Ascension

I warmly congratulate His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and the people of the Kingdom of Thailand on the occasion of the King’s ascension to the throne. I extend my best wishes to His Majesty for an auspicious and prosperous reign. The United States deeply values our longstanding alliance with the Kingdom of Thailand. We look ...
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Remembering King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 1967 state visit to the U.S.

In remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, U.S. Embassy Bangkok presents historic moments of the enduring friendship between His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the U.S. The fourth of the series is: “Remembering King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s state visit to the U.S. in 1967” Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit visited the U.S. ...
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Documentary of the first official visit to the United States of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1960

In remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, U.S. Embassy Bangkok presents historic moments of the enduring friendship between His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the U.S. The second of the series is: “Remembering King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s state visit to the U.S. in 1960” In June 1960 while on their official state visit to the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power at a UN General Assembly Tribute to the Memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a UN General Assembly Tribute to the Memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, October 28, 2016  Good morning, everybody. This is one of the many days that I feel very privileged to represent the host country of the United Nations so ...
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Remembering King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 1960 state visit to the U.S.

In remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, U.S. Embassy Bangkok presents historic moments of the enduring friendship between His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the U.S. The second of the series is: “Remembering King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s state visit to the U.S. in 1960” Thirty-three years after his birth in Cambridge, His Majesty King Bhumibol ...
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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s visit to Mount Auburn Hospital in Massachusetts

In remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, U.S. Embassy Bangkok presents historic moments of the enduring friendship between His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the U.S. The series begins with: “Celebrating the Birth of the Beloved King of Thailand” A special video of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s visit to Mount Auburn Hospital in ...
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Celebrating the Birth of the Beloved King of Thailand

King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the U.S. – An enduring friendship In remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, U.S. Embassy Bangkok presents historic moments of the enduring friendship between His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the U.S. The series begins with: “Celebrating the Birth of the Beloved King of Thailand” At 8:45 a.m. on a ...
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Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the Passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Defense, I join President Obama in offering my condolences to the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Thailand and the people of Thailand, on the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.  His majesty served his nation tirelessly, and his dedication to the people ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: The Passing of His Majesty the King

Throughout his extraordinary reign, His Majesty the King devoted his life to the health, safety, and prosperity of the Thai people. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the members of the Royal Family and the people of Thailand at this somber time. We urge U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Thailand to join us in ...
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Statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the Passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

I join President Obama and the American people in offering our deepest condolences to members of the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Thailand, and to the people of Thailand, on the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.  For over 70 years, His Majesty led Thailand with integrity and compassion, always mindful of the ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador on the Passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

On behalf of the United States of America and all Americans in Thailand, I offer heartfelt condolences on the passing of His Majesty the King to Her Majesty the Queen, all members of the Royal Family, and the people of the Kingdom of Thailand.     His Majesty lived a long and glorious life. Americans ...
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Statement by the President on the Passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

On behalf of the people of the United States, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, her children and grandchildren, and the people of Thailand on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.  His Majesty the King was a close friend of the United States and a valued partner of many ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika Virus

The U.S. Embassy in Thailand informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Travel Guidance for countries in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, regarding the risk of  Zika virus  infection. Zika virus is  endemic  in Thailand. The risk of Zika to travelers, especially pregnant women, in endemic countries is likely lower (but not ...
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New Outreach Policy: No Cash Accepted

Please be advised the U.S. Embassy Bangkok and U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai will no longer accept cash (U.S. Dollars and Thai Baht) at Outreach Events for American Citizen Services. This is a worldwide policy, and no exceptions can be considered. All future payments at U.S. Embassy Bangkok and U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai Outreach Events must be made in the form of a BANK DRAFT Purchased from ...
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2016 Independence Day Correspondence Between President Barack Obama and His Majesty the King of Thailand

In response to His Majesty the King’s kind message on the occasion of America’s Independence Day, President Obama recently wrote “The people of the United States of America stand with you as we all continue to work together towards a brighter future.” Read the full text of their letters here.      
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Statement by Elizabeth Trudeau, Director, Office of Press Relations: Bombings in Thailand

Elizabeth Trudeau Director, Office of Press Relations Washington, DC August 12, 2016 The United States extends our deepest sympathy to all those affected by the attacks in Thailand. We condemn these deplorable acts of violence. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and loved ones, and the Thai emergency personnel responding to these incidents. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Bombings in Hua Hin and Other Incidents

This is an update to the Security Message sent to U.S. citizens on the morning of August 12, 2016.   Since late on August 11, multiple bombing incidents have occurred in parts of Thailand, including in Hua Hin, Phang Nga, Trang, Surat Thani, and Phuket. The latest incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. today, August ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: August 11, 2016 Bombings in Hua Hin and Other Incidents

In the evening of August 11, two bombs exploded in a Hua Hin market area; a third bomb exploded near the Hua Hin clock tower in the morning of August 12.  Thai local law enforcement and media are reporting at least one death of a Thai woman and approximately 20 injured, including foreign nationals.  Other, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: August 7, 2016 Constitutional Referendum in Thailand

Citizens across Thailand will be voting in a constitutional referendum on Sunday, August 7, 2016. The Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that while traveling in Thailand you should exercise caution and avoid crowds and demonstrations. The National Council for Peace and Order has banned political gatherings and placed restrictions on the media, freedom ...
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Statement by the President on the 70th Anniversary of Accession to the Throne of His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej

On behalf of the American people, I send my heartfelt congratulations to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the people of the Kingdom of Thailand as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of the King’s accession to the throne. On this historic occasion, I want to express my admiration for His Majesty’s leadership and his many ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on 70th Anniversary of Accession to the Throne of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

I join President Obama and the American people in extending His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej warm congratulations on the 70th anniversary of his accession to the throne. As the Thai people celebrate His Majesty’s many achievements, we also express our deep admiration for his tireless work to advance health and prosperity throughout the Kingdom of ...
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A-Z to U.S. Elections

Here are some selected glossary and facts about the U.S. Presidential Elections, in alphabetical order: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNO PQRSTUVWXYZ A Absentee voting allows voters who cannot come to polling places to cast their ballots. A ...
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Importance of Iowa Caucus

Why does Iowa vote first? And what is a caucus? Iowa, which holds its Democratic and Republican caucuses February 1, is neither particularly large nor populous. And yet it plays an outsized role in selecting each major party’s presidential candidate. What is a “caucus?” And, why does Iowa vote first? The parties make the rules ...
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U.S. Presidential History: April

April 2 1917 President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany. “The world must be made safe for democracy,” proclaimed the President on this day. April 3 1948 President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan. Also knowns as Foreign Assistance Act of 1948, the plan was established to provide $12 billion worth ...
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Joint Statement of the Thailand-U.S. Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology

The U.S. Department of State and the Thai Ministry of Science and Technology convened the first Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology to forge, and deepen, mutual commitments in this area. We jointly recognize Science and Technology as an engine that develops solutions to global challenges, that creates jobs and that powers our ...
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U.S. Presidential History: March

March 1 1960 President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps. The executive order created an opportunity for American civilians to volunteer and donate their time and skills to improving the lives of the people in underdeveloped countries. 1872 President Grant signs the bill creating the nation’s first national park at Yellowstone. March 3 1931 ...
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U.S. Presidential History: February

February 1 1790 The Supreme Court of the United States meets for the first time in New York City. 1968 Richard M. Nixon announces his candidacy for president. February 3 1924 President Woodrow Wilson dies. The 28th president of the United States passed away in Washington, D.C. at the age of 67. February 4 1789 ...
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U.S. Presidential History: January

January 1 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signs the final Emancipation Proclamation, leading to the end of slavery in the United States. The proclamation freed all slaves in states that were still in rebellion during the time of the American Civil War. January 2 1960 Senator John F Kennedy, announces his candidacy for the United States ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy and Consulate General Chiang Mai Holiday Schedule

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai will close at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 24. We will be closed on Friday, December 25; Thursday, December 31; and Friday, January 1 in honor of Thai and American holidays. Outside of normal business hours, U.S. citizens in need of emergency assistance ...
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Joint Statement on the Fifth Thailand-United States Strategic Dialogue

Senior delegations representing Thailand and the United States met on December 16, 2015 in Bangkok at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand for the Fifth U.S.-Thailand Strategic Dialogue. Permanent Secretary Apichart Chinwanno led the Thailand delegation, and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel led the U.S. delegation. As ...
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Statement by Ambassador Glyn T. Davies

It was with great sadness that I learned about the passing of Privy Council member Air Chief Marshall Siddhi Savetsila. All of us owe a debt of gratitude to him for his lifelong service to King, country, and international friendship. As a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1940s, he traded tweeds ...
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U.S. Presidential History: December

December 1 1842 The House of Representatives decide who becomes the U.S. president in 1842 elections. According to the 12th Amendment of the U.S. Consititution, if none of the presidential candidates receives a majority of the electoral votes, the decision will be turned over to the House. December 4 1783 George Washington resigns as commanding ...
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U.S. Presidential History: November

November 1 1800 President John Adams, in the last year of his only term as president, moved into the newly constructed President’s House, the original name for what is known today as the White House. November 2 1948 President Truman won a second term as U.S. President. President Truman took the office when President Franklin ...
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Announcement of the New U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to announce the arrival of Honorable Glyn Townsend Davies as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Thailand. Ambassador-designate Davies arrived in Thailand on September 22, 2015. A career senior Foreign Service officer with 35 years of diplomatic experience, ...
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International Day of Democracy

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC There are few ideas more powerful – more infused with universal aspiration – than democracy. The desire for democracy is shared by people the world over.  The privilege to vote, the freedom to speak your mind, the right to a government by the people and for the people, ...
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International Day of Democracy

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC We pause today to reflect on and celebrate democracy and the free and open debate it entails. We celebrate democracy not because it is easy or perfect, for it is obviously neither of those things. We celebrate democracy because it is rooted in the will of the people, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens:Explosion at the Sathorn Pier beneath the Taksin Bridge

This message is to inform U.S. citizens in Thailand that local law enforcement and media sources are reporting a suspicious explosion at the Sathorn Pier beneath the Taksin bridge along the Chao Phraya River this afternoon, Aug 18. There are no reports of damage or injuries. Please stay clear of the affected area, including the ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosion at Erawan Shrine in Central Bangkok

This message is to inform U.S. citizens in Thailand that according to local law enforcement, an explosion took place at approximately 7:00 pm August 17, at the Rachaprasong intersection in the central commercial district of Bangkok (near the Erawan Shrine, Central World mall, and overhead bisection of the two Skytrain lines). Media outlets are reporting ...
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Statement on 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

Human trafficking is a complex, global challenge that requires cooperation, partnership, and sustained efforts on the part of all governments to achieve tangible progress and measurable results. The United States will continue to work closely with Thai government officials, law enforcement officers, and civil society actors in a spirit of partnership as Thailand works to ...
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U.S. Condemns Forced Deportation of Ethnic Uighurs in Thailand to China

Statement by John Kirby Department Spokesperson We condemn Thailand’s forced deportation on July 9 of over 100 ethnic Uighurs to China, where they could face harsh treatment and a lack of due process. This action runs counter to Thailand’s international obligations as well as its long-standing practice of providing safe haven to vulnerable persons. We ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Information on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

The U.S. Mission Thailand is monitoring the current Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreak in the Republic of South Korea and any related incidents in our region. This notice provides current recommendations. In South Korea, there are no signs of sustained community-acquired infection. Confirmed cases of transmission have been linked to hospitals. As a ...
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ANZAC Day

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC April 23, 2015 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States of America, it is my pleasure to extend our warmest regards, this April 25th, to the people of Australia and New Zealand on this very special ANZAC Day. This year marks the 100th ...
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Thai New Year

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC It is with great pleasure that I extend New Year’s greetings on behalf of President Obama and the American people. Songkran is an auspicious occasion to look forward to a prosperous New Year and spend time with friends and family. The people of the United States and the ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Air Quality in Northern Thailand

During this season when region-wide agricultural burning causes poor air quality, and poses a health threat, the Consulate wants to remind U.S. citizens to be aware of the local Air Quality Index (AQI) and take appropriate measures to minimize the impact on your health. The Thai government’s Pollution Control Department calculates the AQI daily and ...
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Chargé d’affaires W. Patrick Murphy’s Opening Remarks for Royal Thai Police Canine Training Facility Opening Ceremony

Monday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m., Cha-am Cooperation between Thailand and the United States in the fight against terrorism and thwarting international criminal syndicates is one example of collaboration that has regional as well as global benefits.  Although Thailand is managing a return to democracy, necessary to restore our relationship to maximum capacity, we continue ...
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U.S. Chargé d’affaires W. Patrick Murphy with Daily News

Daily News: Please explain about the Cobra Gold 2015 CDA: This year is Cobra Gold’s 34th year. It’s a multilateral exercise with 24 participating countries. So far, it has been very successful. Daily News: Does changing the theme of the exercise to humanitarian and disaster relief drills mean scaling down the relationship between the U.S. ...
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Cobra Gold 2015 Opening Remarks by W. Patrick Murphy, Chargé d’affaires, a.i.

We are here for the opening of the multilateral exercise, Cobra Gold, which we have held annually since 1982. From a modest beginning, Cobra Gold has evolved into the Asia-Pacific region’s marquee multilateral military event, as the two dozen participating nations demonstrate. The evolution of Cobra Gold has not taken place in a vacuum. Since ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Explosions at Siam Paragon Mall on February 1, 2015

At approximately 8:10 pm on the evening of February 1, 2015, Thai authorities reported that two small improvised explosive devices detonated in close proximity to the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall BTS entrance. Security personnel responded immediately to the scene to secure the area and began investigating the incident. This investigation remains ongoing. While the security ...
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Remarks of Assistant Secretary Daniel Russel

Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, THAILAND January 26, 2015 Right now, I’m in the middle of a trip across Southeast Asia that also includes stops in the Philippines, Malaysia and Cambodia. I’m here for the same reason that President Obama came to Asia twice last year; the same reason that American ...
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Marking the Tenth Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC I’ll never forget hearing the news of the tsunami that struck in the Indian Ocean 10 years ago.  The images were gut-wrenching: entire towns razed from Indonesia to Somalia; raging waters sweeping away people’s homes; hundreds of thousands killed and many more separated from their families. Today of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Release of U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the CIA’s Rendition, Detention & Interroga

U.S. citizens in Thailand should be aware that release of declassified versions of the executive summary, findings, and conclusions of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report of the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program could prompt anti-U.S. protests and violence against U.S. interests, including private U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens should pay attention to ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Embassies and consulates are not polling places.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 4.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2014 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials.  U.S. embassies and consulates ...
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2014 Speech on 9/11 by President Barack Obama

In the footprints of two mighty towers, at a hallowed field where heroic actions saved even more heartbreak and destruction, and outside a Pentagon wall where we have rebuilt but still remember — in these sacred sites and in quiet corners across our country, we join together this week to remember the tragedy of thirteen ...
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Thailand: A Democracy at Risk

Scot Marciel Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Washington, DC Chairman Chabot and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the recent coup in Thailand. The U.S.-Thai ...
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Statement on 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report

As part of our global efforts to combat human trafficking, the U.S. Government is committed to working with the Royal Thai Government and the people of Thailand to prevent trafficking activity in Thailand, to prosecute perpetrators, and to assist victims. The State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report was released at 9am time in Washington ...
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Cancellation of U.S.-Thailand Engagements

Statement by Marie Harf Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC In response to the military coup in Thailand, we continue to review our military and other assistance and engagements, consistent with U.S. law. In addition to our previously announced suspension of foreign assistance to Thailand, the Department of Defense announced today the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Situation in Thailand

Note: The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has lifted the curfew for all of Thailand effective June 13. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok recommends that U.S. citizens reconsider any non-essential travel to Thailand, particularly Bangkok, due to ongoing political and social unrest and restrictions on internal movements, including an indefinite nighttime curfew. On ...
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Coup in Thailand

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC I am disappointed by the decision of the Thai military to suspend the constitution and take control of the government after a long period of political turmoil, and there is no justification for this military coup. I am concerned by reports that senior political leaders of Thailand’s major ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

This message is to inform U.S. citizens that the Royal Thai Army has invoked martial law throughout Thailand, effective 3:00 AM Tuesday May 20, 2014. According to a Royal Thai Army announcement, the military has assumed responsibility for maintaining peace and order. Martial law gives the military certain expanded authorities to ensure public security and ...
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Thai New Year

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama and the American people, it is my great pleasure to extend New Year’s greetings to the people of Thailand. I hope this Songkran provides all Thais an occasion to spend an enjoyable time with family and friends and to look forward to good ...
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Violence in Thailand

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC We are deeply concerned by the ongoing politically-motivated violence in Thailand. As allies and close friends of the Thai people, we are profoundly saddened by the deaths and injuries that have shaken the country. As a father and grandfather, the death of several innocent children is particularly horrifying, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continuing Protest Activity

U.S. Embassy Bangkok informs U.S. citizens that protest activity continues in several areas throughout greater Bangkok, including at a new protest site at the intersection of Ploen Chit and Wireless Roads near the U.S. Embassy. In addition, police have recently taken action in attempts to regain control over a number of protest sites. Plan ahead ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Tensions and Possible Incidents of Unrest in Thailand

This is to advise U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Thailand that political activists have announced plans to continue anti-government protests in Bangkok and possibly other parts of Thailand leading up to and during parliamentary nationwide elections scheduled for this Sunday February 2nd. These protests may cause significant and possibly widespread disruptions and transportation ...
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Election-related Unrest in Thailand

Statement by Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson The United States is deeply troubled by efforts to block polls and otherwise prevent voting in Thailand, and by the most recent acts of political violence. While we do not take sides in the political dispute and strongly support freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest, preventing ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Thai Government Invokes Emergency Decree

This is to advise and update U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Thailand that the Thai government on January 21 imposed a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and several surrounding provinces, effective January 22. The decree provides the government additional authorities to deal with security challenges, such as impose curfews, ban certain assemblies, ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Violence in Bangkok

This is to advise and update U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Thailand that there have been multiple reports of violent clashes the afternoon of Friday January 17 at several protests sites in Bangkok.  One incident occurred near the National Stadium and MBK shopping mall at Pathumwan Intersection downtown.  Another attack occurred near the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Thailand

This is to advise and update U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Thailand that political activists intend to hold simultaneous mass rallies at key intersections and other locations in Bangkok beginning on Monday, January 13th. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai will remain open for consular services. The ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Thailand

This is to advise U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Thailand that political activists have announced plans to resume marches and lunch time “whistleblowing” protest activities in Bangkok this week in preparation for simultaneous mass rallies at key intersections in Central Bangkok beginning on Monday, January 13th. Currently, areas around the Democracy Monument and ...
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Political Tensions in Thailand

Statement by Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson The United States strongly supports democratic institutions and the democratic process in Thailand, a long-time friend and ally. Prime Minister Yingluck has called for elections as a way forward amid ongoing political tensions and demonstrations. We encourage all involved to resolve political differences peacefully and democratically in a way ...
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Protests in Thailand

Statement by Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson The U.S. Government is concerned about the rising political tension in Thailand and is following the ongoing demonstrations in Bangkok closely. We urge all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint, and respect the rule of law. Violence and the seizure of public or private property are not acceptable ...
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Remarks by Secretary Kerry at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Secretary of State John Kerry At the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting September 27, 2013 New York, New York SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, thank you very much, Secretary Russel.  It’s great to have you aboard.  And I think everybody here appreciates your outreach and your efforts in the region, and I know everybody has confidence in your leadership. ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry’s Statement on Syria

Treaty Room Washington, D.C. President Obama has spent many days now consulting with Congress and talking with leaders around the world about the situation in Syria. And last night, the President asked all of us on his national security team to consult with the leaders of Congress as well, including the leadership of the Congressional ...
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