Thailand-USA strengthen military ties

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BANGKOK, 21 September 2013 Joint US Military Advisory Group Thailand (JUSMAGTHAI) has celebrated its 60th anniversary as Thailand and the US further strengthened their 180 years of diplomatic relations. 

The celebration held at the US Embassy in Thailand was attended by Supreme Commander General Thanasak Patimaprakorn who was upon his arrival welcomed by US Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney. The two presided over the opening ceremony of the 60th JUSMAGTHAI anniversary during which the memorial plaque to mark 180 years of diplomatic relations was unveiled.

The Supreme Commander told Her Excellency Kenney that Thailand was grateful for US’s support and sincerity, adding that he was glad to see both nations have such strong relationship.

JUSMAGTHAI is the U.S. Security Assistance Organization (SAO) in Thailand, and is responsible for supporting a variety of missions including a robust Joint Combined bilateral Exercise Program (averaging over 40 exercises a year), one of the largest International Military Education and Training (IMET) programs in the world, Humanitarian Demining, and Counterdrug missions.