Prayut, Somkid: Thailand has to adapt to Trump’s policies

BOTH Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said today that Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election means Thailand has to adapt itself to the expected changes.

Premier Prayut congratulated Mr Trump on his victory and affirmed that the outcome will not affect this country’s foreign policies in any way, Thai PBS said today.

He pointed out that Thailand and the United States enjoyed a long 180 years of good relations and  no matter which administration comes to power in the US, Thailand will move ahead in accordance with its policies.

“Our foreign policy is well balanced even though geographically we are not located at the center of Asean. This fact dictates that our foreign policy must place the greatest emphasis in maintaining strong relationships. No matter who becomes the President we will still stick to this policy.”

He went on saying that “With an almost 200 years relationship, obviously there will be fallout from the US election  and we will have to adapt. We cannot change what happens in US but we can make adjustments here. This is what is called a ‘Strategic Foreign Policy Outlook’ which every country in the world adopts.”

Meanwhile Deputy Premier Somkid said that the US election result clearly shows that Americans want a big change and this matches the direction this government is taking which does not want to implement repetitive policies and is keen on bringing in change and launching new projects to ensure that the country moves forward, Thai News Agency said today.


Top: Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha speaking to reporters today.  Photo: Thai PBS




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