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 Thailand.

The United States and Thailand have been friends for more than 183 years, and His Majesty has been instrumental in strengthening the close partnership between our two nations during his seven decades on the throne. We look forward to continuing our work with Thailand to improve the livelihoods of people in both our countries, the region, and beyond.

On this historic day, I send our best wishes to King Bhumibol and the people of Thailand for a joyous celebration.