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Following Donald Trump’s U.S. election win last week, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sent a congratulatory note to the future president. Here’s what it said:
Dear President-elect Trump,
On behalf of the people of Thailand, I wish to extend my warmest congratulations to you and Governor Mike Pence for being elected the next President and Vice President of the United States of America. Your victory is remarkable and clear evidence that the American people have placed their trust and confidence in you to lead the country forward. I offer you my best wishes and support in this regard.
Thailand and the United States share a long history of friendship and cordial relations stretching back 183 years. Thailand is the first ally of the United States in Asia and our alliance has formed a bedrock of peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific. Our long standing ties are preserved and propelled by mutual interests in various areas, including economic, security, social and regional cooperation. We stood together and fought shoulder to shoulder in the past. The bonds of friendship between our peoples have always been strong and enduring.
I truly believe that the relationship between Thailand and the United States will be strengthened under your leadership. I look forward to working closely with you and Vice President-elect Pence to reinvigorate the mutually beneficial relationship between our two countries and peoples, and advance the strategic partnership between ASEAN and the United States. I wish you every success in your endeavors.
General Prayuth Chan-ocha (Ret.) Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand