Top US Army general visits
Supreme Commander Surapong Suwannaat yesterday welcomed the head of the US Army Pacific Robert B Brown who is visiting Thailand as guest of the Royal Thai Army.
Gen Brown’s visit is seen as a reaffirmation of the strength of military ties between the two nations, which would serve as a foundation for intensifying bilateral cooperation.
During the top-level visit, both countries are expected to discuss and further pursue military and security cooperation including bilateral and multilateral joint military exercises seen as vital to preserving peace and security in the region.
Later in the day, Gen Brown met army commander Chalermchai Sittisart at army headquarters where he reviewed a guard of honour before sitting down for talks.
The US general will today visit 1st Army Region where he will be welcomed by its commander Gen Apirat Khongsompong before heading to the 31st Infantry Regiment in Lop Buri.
US-Thai relations date back to 1833 when they signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce during the reign of King Rama III. Over the course of 184 years both nations have exchanged military cooperation ranging from logistics to counter-terrorism.