Statement on the Visit of Deputy Secretary Wendy R. Sherman to Thailand
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman visited the Kingdom of Thailand June 1-2 for strategic discussions with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, and representatives from international organizations.
The Deputy Secretary reiterated the U.S. commitment to the people of Thailand in our fight against COVID-19, which includes $30 million in COVID-related assistance to Thailand. The two sides agreed on the importance of continuing to work together to combat COVID-19.
The Deputy Secretary reaffirmed the deep importance the United States places on the bilateral economic, security, and cultural ties between our nations, which span more than two centuries, and highlighted our decades of health cooperation. The visit – coming on the heels of the U.S.-Thai Strategic Dialogue and the Deputy Secretary’s meetings at the ASEAN Secretariat – was an opportunity for both sides to exchange views on defeating the COVID-19 pandemic, deepening security cooperation, increasing trade and investment, and expanding people-to-people ties.
The two sides agreed on the importance of the U.S.-Thai friendship in addressing economic and security challenges in the region, including the crisis in Burma, Mekong regional issues, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, they had a mutually respectful and positive discussion on the value of democracy, human rights, and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of expression. Both sides highlighted the importance of cooperation in regional forums, including APEC, ASEAN, and the Mekong-U.S. Partnership.
The Deputy Secretary was able to meet with representatives of international and non-governmental organizations to discuss humanitarian assistance for those displaced by violence in Burma. As she did in meetings with the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, the Deputy Secretary affirmed the United States’ call for an end to violence and an immediate return to democracy for the people of Burma at each of her meetings in Bangkok.