KUALA LUMPUR: Secr-etary of State Antony J. Bl-inken spoke on Wednesday with Thai Deputy Prime M-inister and Foreign Mini-ster Don Pramudwinai.
The Secretary expressed his deep regret to the Foreign Minister that he would not be able to visit Bangkok this week.
He explained that, in order to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and to prioritize the health and safety of the U.S. traveling party and those they would otherwise come into contact with, the Secretary would be returning to Washington, D.C. out of an abundance of caution.
The Secretary extended an invitation for the Foreign Minister to visit Washington, D.C. at the earliest opportunity and noted that he looked forward to traveling to Thaila-nd as soon as possible. Th-ey affirmed that they would use the upcoming engagements to further deepen the U.S.-Thai alliance.
On Wednesday, Deputy Press Secretary of the White House Karin Jean-Pierre aboard the plane of US President Joe Biden, who went on a trip to Kentucky said that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who interrupted his tour in Asia due to the discovery of a new coronavirus in one of his pool’s journalists, invited Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand Don Pramatvin to visit Washington as soon as possible and assured that he would go to the kingdom as soon as possible.