Tillerson visit seeks to restore troubled ties after 2014 coup
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.”