Thai King grants audience to US president


BANGKOK, Nov 18 – His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej granted an audience to US President Barack Obama on his visit to Thailand Sunday, his first foreign trip after winning re-election earlier this month.

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The US president paid a courtesy call on the 84-year-old King, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, at Siriraj Hospital where he has been staying for nourishment to regain his strength since September 2009 when he was admitted with fever, fatigue and a lung inflammation.

Obama later held talks with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra before a joint press conference and an official dinner at Government House.

Earlier Sunday, the US president visited Wat Pho Royal Monastery upon arrival. A monk gave him and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a private tour of the temple.

After Thailand, the US president will visit Myanmar and Cambodia to attend the 4th ASEAN-US Leaders’ Meeting and the 7th East Asia summit.