Thailand, US to strengthen defence alliance


BANGKOK, Nov 13 – Thailand and the US will discuss an adjustment in military cooperation between the two countries to cope with new menacing challenges in Southeast Asia, according to Thai defence ministry spokesman Thanathip Sawangsaeng.

US Secretary of Defence Leon E Panetta and his team will visit Thailand on Thursday and Friday during which they will pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and hold talks with Thai Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat.

The Thai and US defence teams will meet on Thursday to discuss bilateral military cooperation for the stability and security of the Asia-Pacific region.

Col Thanathip said other issues set for discussion include the Thai-US defence alliance, peace-keeping operations, operations for off-shore stability, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and efficient preparedness for bilateral and multilateral operations in order to strengthen the relationship and cooperation on every level.