Vice President Kamala Harris met with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in Bangkok today. The Vice President commended Thailand for a successful APEC host year, noting that the United States will build on this strong foundation during our 2023 APEC host year.
The Vice President reaffirmed the enduring partnership between the United States and Thailand rooted in shared values and discussed efforts to strengthen our cooperation on a range of bilateral and global issues. They discussed our security cooperation, including our work to strengthen cybersecurity, and the benefits our alliance brings to our people as we advance a free and open Indo-Pacific.
The Vice President welcomed the Prime Minister’s “biocircular green economy model” as an important effort to accelerate action on the climate crisis, and they discussed our joint efforts to increase climate ambition, reduce emissions, increase climate adaptation and resilience, and unlock Economic opportunities related to clean energy and climate action – including partnerships with the private sector on clean energy and nuclear technologies. The Vice President welcomed Thailand’s leadership in the Mekong subregion and emphasized the United States’ commitment to working with Mekong countries to promote peace, prosperity, and sustainable development.
The Vice President highlighted our shared interest in a prosperous and resilient Southeast Asia and discussed enduring U.S. economic leadership in the region. The vice president and prime minister discussed global issues, including Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine and its violation of the United Nations Charter. The vice president emphasized the importance of upholding international rules and norms. The Vice President addressed the worsening crisis in Myanmar and highlighted the international community’s support for the people of Myanmar in their quest to restore their country’s democratic transition. The Vice President condemned the Myanmar regime’s ongoing atrocities and human rights violations, and reflected on Thailand’s long tradition of generous humanitarianism. The Vice President made it clear that the United States stands with the people of Burma.