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 1833 during the reign of King Rama III. Since early in the reign of King Rama IX, we have been military allies committed to working together for our mutual peace and security. The partnership between our two countries spans a diverse array of issues including public health, science and technology, wildlife trafficking, law enforcement, and security cooperation.

As Thailand continues to mourn the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the United States remains committed to honoring his memory by seeking ways to advance relations between our two countries for the benefit of the American and Thai peoples.

I join the people of Thailand in sending you best wishes for health and prosperity in the coming year.


Rex W. Tillerson