Phuket Hotels Association and U.S. Embassy Partner to Reduce Single-Use Plastics in Phuket

PHUKET AND BANGKOK, THAILAND: The Phuket Hotels Association and the U.S. Embassy, through a Science Fellowship Program, partnered to tackle waste management challenges in Phuket. The goal is to significantly reduce single-use plastics at Phuket’s hotels. As a result of this collaboration, the Phuket Hotel Association’s 65 member properties (representing nearly 11,000 rooms on the ...
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Google Thailand’s “Digital Literacy for Education Equality” at American Corners

Bangkok – September 19, 2018: Google Thailand has partnered with the U.S. Mission in Thailand to offer digital literacy training to university teachers and students as well as schools in the vicinity at the American Corners at Chiang Mai University, Mahasarakham University, Yala Rajabhat University, and Prince of Songkla University (Pattani Campus) under the theme ...
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The Passing of National Artist Manrat Srikaranonda – U.S. Ambassador Glyn T. Davies’ Condolence Message

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of National Artist Manrat Srikaranonda. Ajarn Manrat was a truly great Thai musician and a long-time friend of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. For decades, the Srikaranonda family has been an integral part of the Embassy’s musical outreach programs and Ajarn Manrat had been ...
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Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo on Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Birthday

Your Majesty, On behalf of the American people, I extend my warmest wishes on the special occasion of your eighty-sixth birthday. Your dedication to the people of Thailand has inspired many in the United States and around the world. May your humanitarian and philanthropic endeavors continue to benefit the people of the Kingdom of Thailand ...
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The Passing of Former Thai Navy SEAL in Tham Luang Rescue Mission – U.S. Ambassador Glyn T. Davies’ Message of Condolences

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Petty Officer 1st Class Saman “Sam” Kunan, a former Royal Thai Navy SEAL who volunteered to help rescue the 13 youth soccer players and their coach trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province. On behalf of the American people, I ...
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Statement on 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

The U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report to the U.S. Congress was released in Washington, D.C. on June 28, 2018. The 2018 TIP Report assesses official anti-trafficking efforts of 187 countries from April 2017 through March 2018. In this year’s report, Thailand was upgraded from Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 2 ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Occasion of Ramadan

On behalf of the United States Department of State, I offer best wishes to Muslims around the world for a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. For those observing this month, it is a time of reverence, generosity, and spiritual introspection.  Ramadan is also a cherished time of community, often spent reconnecting with family and friends.  It ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Release of Three Americans

The White House Office of the Press Secretary  At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other representatives of the United States government traveled to Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9 to prepare for the President’s upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. During Secretary Pompeo’s visit, the ...
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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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Statement by Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan on Thailand New Year – Songkran Festival

Statement by Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan Thailand New Year – Songkran Festival On behalf of the Government of the United States, I extend best wishes to the people of the Kingdom of Thailand as they celebrate Songkran and welcome a new year on April 13, 2018. This year marks 200 years of ...
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Statement by U.S Ambassador Glyn T. Davies on the Passing of Colonel Chaicharn Harnavee

On behalf of the United States of America, I extend heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and former comrades of Colonel Chaicharn Harnavee who passed away on February 4 in Lopburi province. Colonel “Chip” Chaicharn, a Thai Army Special Forces soldier, was the longest-held POW in Hanoi’s Hỏa Lò Prison (also known as the “Hanoi ...
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2018 New Year Gift Ideas from Thai and American Embassy and Consulate Staff

U.S. Embassy Bangkok today launches a video to wish Thai people a happy New Year. The video features U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies, Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond, along with Thai and American staff exchanging gifts. They answer the question, “What gift would you give to your Thai or American friend that helps explain your ...
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USAID and Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre Partner to Reduce HIV Infection

UBON RATCHATHANI, Thailand, November 3, 2017 – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), launched a three-year project with the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre to support 13 provinces with HIV prevention, treatment and care for key populations, including men who have ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Cremation of His Late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

This week my thoughts are with the people of Thailand as we witness the cremation of His Late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej – a true humanitarian, visionary, and friend to the United States. Next year we will celebrate the bicentennial of the first official contact between our two great nations. His Late Majesty championed our ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Presidential Delegation for the Royal Thai King’s Funeral

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE President Donald J. Trump will send a Presidential Delegation to Bangkok, Thailand to attend the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26, 2017. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will lead the delegation as the President’s Special Envoy, ...
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Joint Statement between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary October 2, 2017 Joint Statement between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand Stronger Alliance for Common Security and Closer Economic Partnership for Common Prosperity 1.     The President of the United States of America Donald J. Trump welcomed the Prime Minister of the Kingdom ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand to the White House on October 3, 2017.  President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the relationship between the United States and a key partner and longstanding ally in Asia, the Kingdom of Thailand.  The President ...
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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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Sixth U.S.-Thailand Strategic Dialogue

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Senior delegations representing the United States and Thailand met on July 14, 2017, in Washington, D.C., at the Department of State for the Sixth U.S.-Thailand Strategic Dialogue.  Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton led the U.S. delegation and Permanent Secretary ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan. During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our ...
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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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World Intellectual Property Day Panel Discussions – Innovation: Improving Lives

The U.S. Embassy celebrated “World Intellectual Property Day” on April 26 with an engaging panel discussion  in Bangkok featuring Thai inventors, and representatives from the government, private sector, and the United Nations centered around this year’s theme – “Innovation: Improving Lives.” In his opening remarks, Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond emphasized the importance of ...
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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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United States Extends Disaster Risk Reduction Support to Thailand

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand,  February 16, 2017 — Today, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies announced an additional $500,000 to continue disaster risk reduction activities to help schools and communities in Thailand be better prepared for flooding and other disasters. This assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will enable implementing partner ...
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Exercise Cobra Gold 2017 to Begin February 14, 2017

Thailand and the United States will co-host the annual, multilateral Exercise Cobra Gold in various areas throughout the Kingdom of Thailand February 14-24, 2017. Exercise Cobra Gold, the largest multilateral exercise in Asia, has taken place annually for more than 30 years. Cobra Gold 2017, the 36th version of the military exercise, will bring together ...
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Statement by Ambassador Glyn T. Davies on 3.5 Million Baht Donation to Assist Flood Victims in Thailand

On behalf of the American people, I offer my sincere condolences and sympathy to the people of Thailand for the loss of life and damage caused by the flooding in southern Thailand.  Unseasonably heavy rains over the past weeks have led to severe flooding in more than 12 provinces in the southern areas of Thailand.  ...
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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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Ground Breaking Ceremony U.S.-Assisted Construction of Thai Police Training Center

Ambassador Glyn Davies participated in a ground breaking ceremony on December 21, 2016 to mark the commencement of construction of a new Indoor Tactical Training Facility at the Royal Thai Police Tactical Training Center in Nong Sarai, Thailand. The U.S. Pacific Command’s Joint Interagency Task Force West is underwriting the full cost of this 2-phase, ...
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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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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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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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Statement on 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

Human trafficking is a heinous crime that knows no borders, and creates tens of millions of victims worldwide, including men, women, and children. “Human trafficking,” “trafficking in persons,” and “modern slavery” have been used interchangeably to describe the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or commercial sex through the use of force, ...
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Ambassador Glyn T. Davies Expresses Appreciation for Messages of Condolences

On behalf of the United States Embassy in Bangkok, U.S. citizens resident in Thailand, and of the American Government and people, I extend heartfelt gratitude to Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit for their kind message of condolence and support regarding the recent senseless attack in Orlando, Florida. I also wish to sincerely ...
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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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Visit to Thailand of U.S. Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall visited the Kingdom of Thailand March 25-28 to engage senior government officials and representatives of civil society on issues of importance to the 183 year-old U.S.-Thailand partnership and the region. She reiterated the U.S. commitment to partnering with the Royal Thai Government and the ...
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United States and Thailand Sign Agreement to Share Tax Information

Bangkok, March 4, 2016 – U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies and Thailand Minister of Finance Apisak Tantivorawong today signed an inter-governmental agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) to promote transparency between the two nations on tax matters. The agreement underscores growing international cooperation in building a stronger, more stable, ...
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USAID and YSEALI Challenge Youth to Innovate for Food Security

Youth in Southeast Asia can now help boost regional food security by contributing their innovative technology ideas through a new prize competition announced today by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiativer (YSEALI). The YSEALI World of Food Innovation Challenge will collect innovative technology solutions to some of ...
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Exercise Cobra Gold 2016 Media Events

Thailand and the United States will co-host the annual, multilateral Exercise Cobra Gold with over two dozen participating nations and events in various areas throughout the Kingdom of Thailand February 9-19, 2016. Media are invited to attend the following events: 9 February: Cobra Gold Opening Ceremony, Royal Thai Marine Corps Base, Sattahip 10 February: Community ...
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Exercise Cobra Gold 2016 to begin February 9, 2016

Thailand and the United States will co-host the annual, multilateral Exercise Cobra Gold in various areas throughout the Kingdom of Thailand February 9-19, 2016. Exercise Cobra Gold, one of the largest multilateral exercises in the Asia-Pacific region, has taken place annually for more than 30 years. Cobra Gold 2016, the 35th version of the military ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker opens registration for 2016 Selectusa Investment Summit

Innovation-Focused Summit to Provide Global Investors and Economic Developers with Latest Information on Investment in the United States WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Ambassador Glyn T. Davies are pleased to announced that registration is now open for the third SelectUSA Investment Summit to be held June 19-21, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The Summit’s theme is ...
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United States begins implementation of changes to the Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON—The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security ...
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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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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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FAA Announces Revised Safety Rating for the Kingdom of Thailand

Contact: Alison Duquette or Les Dorr Phone: (202) 267-3883 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Kingdom of Thailand does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been assigned a Category 2 rating based on a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation ...
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Thailand listed among 30 countries in next round of Global Health Security Agenda

On November 16 President Barack Obama announced that the United States and 30 partner countries, including Thailand, have made a commitment to work together to achieve the targets of the Global Health Security Agenda. Together, we will partner with the Government of Thailand to strengthen the capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to future disease ...
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New U.S. Project Links Asian Farmers with Affordable Technology

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced a new project to share affordable technology and agricultural practices between countries in Asia to increase incomes of poor farmers. USAID awarded its “Feed the Future Asia Innovative Farmers” project to implementing partner Winrock International. With funding from the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food ...
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Highlights

On October 4, 2015, Ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam – announced conclusion of their negotiations. The result is a high-standard, ambitious, comprehensive, and balanced agreement that will promote economic growth; support the creation and retention ...
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The United States Commends Thailand for Ivory Destruction

The United States applauds the important action by the Royal Thai Government, working with local non-governmental organizations and international partners, in the destruction of confiscated stockpiles of 2.1 tons of ivory on August 26, 2015. The Thai government has joined the United States and other nations in destroying ivory and trafficked wildlife items to send ...
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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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Thailand-U.S. Launch Test, Treat, and Prevent HIV Project Partnership Responding to HIV Epidemic among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Thailand

BANGKOK, June 4, 2015 – Today, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health with the support of its U.S. partners, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC), launched a new initiative to increase HIV testing and treatment among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender ...
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U.S. Assistant Secretary Announces New U.S. Support for Regional Humanitarian Response to Indian Ocean Migration

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne C. Richard, visited the Kingdom of Thailand May 28-29, leading the U.S. delegation to the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean hosted by the Government of Thailand in Bangkok on May 29. In her remarks at the meeting, Assistant Secretary Richard stressed ...
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Calling for YSEALI Academic Fellowship Applications Announcement

The U.S. Embassy, Bangkok is calling for applications for the Fall 2015 Academic Fellowship Institutes for candidates from Thailand interested in civic engagement, environmental issues, and social entrepreneurship and economic development. The deadlines to submit applications: Civic Engagement Sunday, May 10, 2015 Environmental Issues Sunday, May 17, 2015 Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Sunday, May ...
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American Coaching Team to Provide Sports Training for People with Disabilities

The National Ability Center (NAC) in partnership with the Redemptorist Foundation of Thailand for People with Disabilities will conduct two week-long sports trainings in adaptive sports for youth with disabilities in the cities of Chiang Mai and Nong Khai, Thailand. The project, “Developing Potential and Transforming Perceptions: An International Sports Project for Individuals with Disabilities” ...
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Visit to Thailand of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

On Monday, January 26, 2015 Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel visited the Kingdom of Thailand as part of a broader Southeast Asia trip.  During his visit he met with senior government officials and figures from across the political spectrum to discuss the 182 year-old U.S.-Thailand relationship, Thailand’s return ...
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Thailand poised to eliminate new HIV infections among infants

Thailand, U.S. seek to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV The Director-General of Thailand’s Department of Health, Dr. Pornthep Siriwanarangsan, announced today the launch of a new initiative to virtually eliminate mother-to-children transmission of HIV (eMTCT) in Thailand by 2016. The international community has made eMTCT a global public health priority. Dr. Pornthep was joined during ...
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U.S. Signs Sustainable Fisheries Accord with Southeast Asian Nations

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) today agreed to work together to design and implement activities to enhance food security and biodiversity conservation in Asia and the Pacific. The memorandum of understanding signed by SEAFDEC Secretary General Chumnarn Pongsri and USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Coup in Thailand

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 parties have been detained and call for ...
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Mission Thailand Introduces New Visa Appointment and Delivery Services

The United States Mission to Thailand is transitioning to a new Visa appointment and document delivery service for both the Embassy in Bangkok and the Consulate General in Chiang Mai. This system is being implemented at U.S. Embassies worldwide. The new process is easier and more convenient, and all appointment and courier services are included ...
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Statement by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson: Election-related Unrest in Thailand

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 citizens from voting violates their universal ...
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