Ambassador Kenny: Thai-US relations remain strong


BANGKOK, 12 July 201 – The US ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand says diplomatic relations between the United States and Thailand remain strong. She also suggests that Thailand amend its trade and investment laws in order to trigger the faltering economy. 

Ms Kristie Kenny, the US ambassador to Thailand, has paid a courtesy call on National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Deputy Chief Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, who is in charge of economic affairs in Thailand. The meeting, which took place at the Royal Thai Air Force headquarters ,addressed several issues, with human trafficking being one of the main topics.

Ms. Kenny told the NCPO deputy chief that the Thai economy would be back on track if laws concerning trades and investments were amended, allowing the country’s economic potential to grow in a sustainable way.

She also reaffirmed that the diplomatic ties between the two nations remained strong and that they had enjoyed this kind of relationship for a very long time.

The meeting also touched on the issues of human trafficking and forced labor in the kingdom. The ambassador said she understood that Thailand happened to be a passageway for such crimes. Last month, Thailand was downgraded to Tier 3 in the US’s human trafficking watch list, also known as “Trafficking in Persons” report.

Before parting, Air Chief Marshall Prajin explained to Ms Kenny the necessity for the military to seize power on May 22, while reassuring the ambassador that Thailand was on its way to becoming a true democratic nation.