Tiller­son visit seeks to re­store trou­bled ties af­ter 2014 coup

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

BANGKOK | U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Rex W. Tiller­son met Thai­land’s lead­ers dur­ing an of­fi­cial visit on Tues­day, seek­ing to sta­bi­lize re­la­tions that soured af­ter the South­east Asian na­tion’s mil­i­tary seized power from an elected civil­ian gov­ern­ment three years ago.

Mr. Tiller­son is the top U.S. of­fi­cial to visit Thai­land since its 2014 coup.

Thai­land has long been one of Wash­ing­ton’s clos­est re­gional al­lies, but re­la­tions have been strained over the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s crit­i­cism of Thai­land’s mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment for its re­pres­sion of crit­ics and fail­ure to re­store democ­racy. How­ever, Pres­i­dent Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has made hu­man rights less of a pri­or­ity, at least in pub­lic.

Thai For­eign Min­is­ter Don Pra­mud­winai told re­porters that in his 45-minute talk with Mr. Tiller­son, “Noth­ing was dis­cussed about hu­man rights.”

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