BANGKOK – The Embassy of the United States in Bangkok organised a welcome reception for the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Thailand on the evening of the 10th of Novemeber.
H.E. Glyn T. Davies is the new U.S. Ambassador to Thailand after being nominated by President Obama to the position on April 14.
Important Thai government officials were in attendance such as Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, M.L. Panadda Diskul, and Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra as well as other ambassadors from various countries.
H.E. Mr. Davies gave a speech expressing his appreciation to Thailand for giving him such a warm welcome. He has been stationed in Thailand for seven weeks now and so far the Ambassador has visited six provinces including Chiang Mai, Trat, Prachin Buri, Rayong, Petchaburi and Ratchaburi. The ambassador said that he has learned a lot and has gotten to know Thailand much better since coming here and he can see that Thailand and the United States have many things in common and that Thai people have a deep affection for Americans.
The ambassador spoke of the high regard that the United States holds for Thailand and the deep relationship between the countries for nearly two centuries, collaborating on a wide range of issues. He specifically highlighted joint efforts to advance regional security, trade and investment, enhancing public health, while assisting refugees and displaced persons. He also mentioned the collaborations in fighting against the spread of illegal drugs, wildlife and human trafficking and transnational crimes and working to protect the environment. The ambassador said that he would like to see the United States and Thailand’s activities in these areas to continue.
The ambassador expressed that he would like to see Thailand become stronger, more prosperous, and to move forward on the path to achieving true democracy, and that Thailand will continue to play a leading regional role as it has since the middle of the last century.