trump to host thai junta chief at white house next week
Last Updated : GMT 09:03:51
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today
Last Updated : GMT 09:03:51
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today

Trump to host Thai junta chief at White House next week

Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today

Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Trump to host Thai junta chief at White House next week

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha
Washington - Al Maghrib Today

US President Donald Trump will host Thai junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha at the White House next Tuesday, in a personal triumph for a Thai autocrat who was shunned by Barack Obama's administration for his regime's dismal rights record. 

Ties between the long-time allies were strained by Prayut's 2014 military coup, which ushered in the former democracy's most authoritarian government for a generation.

But Trump's administration has started to reset relations with the junta government, dispatching  high-level diplomats including the secretary of state, whose predecessors under Obama had noticeably avoided the kingdom in the wake of the coup. 

"President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the relationship between the United States and a key partner and longstanding ally in Asia, the Kingdom of Thailand," the White House said in a statement late Monday.

Speaking to reporters in Bangkok on Tuesday, Prayut said the two leaders would discuss "security, trade and investment, and regional problems", adding that he expected the talks to be held in a "cordial climate". 

Human Rights Watch lambasted the October 3 visit, which follows an invitation Trump extended during an April phone call, as the latest sign that the US president has "shamelessly thrown human rights considerations out the window".

"Doubtless Trump fails to realise that this propaganda victory for Prayut and the junta will come at the expense of the people of Thailand, who will pay for it in the form of intensified repression and human rights abuses when the general gets home," said HRW's Asia director Brad Adams.

- 'Not taking sides' -

Thailand's military has suspended democracy for more than three years, outlawing street protests, jailing dissidents and intensifying prosecutions under a draconian royal defamation law.

In response to the coup, the US trimmed back military aid and distanced itself from the regime.

But relations are on a better footing under Trump, with US Secretary State Rex Tillerson in August becoming the highest-level US official to stop in the kingdom since the 2014 coup. He was warmly received by a beaming Prayut.  

The thaw comes amid Washington's concerns of rival superpower China's growing clout in the region.

Beijing woos its smaller neighbours with massive investment packages free of pressure to safeguard human rights or democratic principles.

With US relations put on ice after the coup, Thailand's generals have cosied up to China, welcoming infrastructure investment and arms deals. 

On Tuesday Prayut tried to allay suspicions that the meeting with Trump was a realignment of alliances. 

"Please don't consider this as me taking a side," he said. "We are cooperating with all superpowers, and both large and small countries."

Prayut has promised a return to democracy but the timetable keeps slipping and there is currently no scheduled date. 

Even if a poll is eventually held, it will be organised under a new junta-drafted charter that significantly curbs the power of elected politicians and enshrines the military's oversight of any future government for the next 20 years.

The two leaders may find they have much in common when they meet next week. 

Like Trump, the straight-talking and often bellicose Prayut enjoys berating the media and speaking off the cuff at length -- including during weekly "Bringing Happiness Back to Thailand" speeches that are broadcast on all channels.

almaghribtoday
almaghribtoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

trump to host thai junta chief at white house next week trump to host thai junta chief at white house next week

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

trump to host thai junta chief at white house next week trump to host thai junta chief at white house next week

 



Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017

GMT 09:22 2018 Monday ,22 January

Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way

GMT 11:03 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 10:57 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Puigdemont candidate for Catalan president

GMT 13:56 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Puigdemont candidate for Catalan president
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Turkey detains dozens more

GMT 10:47 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

Turkey detains dozens more
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today The Rake announces editorial updates

GMT 10:46 2018 Tuesday ,16 January

The Rake announces editorial updates
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Europe brings on charm and blue skies

GMT 11:51 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Europe brings on charm and blue skies
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today For the Variety of Interior Design Styles

GMT 10:46 2017 Tuesday ,19 December

For the Variety of Interior Design Styles
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today US Christian tourists see deep meaning

GMT 13:44 2018 Monday ,22 January

US Christian tourists see deep meaning
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today Amazon to open first cashierless shop

GMT 10:03 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Amazon to open first cashierless shop

GMT 16:20 2018 Thursday ,30 August

Television reporter killed in Mexico

GMT 09:45 2015 Wednesday ,25 February

UAE moves at a steady pace in manufacturing field

GMT 08:00 2017 Tuesday ,26 December

Pakistan allows Indian 'spy' on death row

GMT 13:14 2017 Sunday ,20 August

Top artists showcase work at Bait Al Zubair

GMT 18:43 2017 Tuesday ,31 October

Tennis: Vandeweghe beats Chinese wild card in Zhuhai

GMT 21:02 2017 Wednesday ,01 November

Saudi forms new authority for cyber security

GMT 13:01 2012 Tuesday ,17 January

Ewan releases new clip

GMT 08:34 2017 Monday ,11 September

Froome completes historic Tour-Vuelta double

GMT 18:31 2017 Monday ,20 November

England 'very confident' of Ashes success

GMT 09:03 2017 Tuesday ,12 December

Volkswagen boss urges end

GMT 12:08 2017 Monday ,11 December

India's Congress party names Rahul Gandhi president

GMT 12:51 2017 Monday ,11 September

Google launches appeal against 2.4-bn euro EU fine

GMT 21:37 2011 Saturday ,10 September

New York\'s fashion runways are in bloom

GMT 09:23 2017 Monday ,30 October

Pharaonic influences on display

GMT 09:41 2017 Wednesday ,01 November

Bahrain weather forecast

GMT 10:15 2017 Sunday ,03 December

UK woman wrongly tweeted by Trump 'waiting'

GMT 14:16 2017 Wednesday ,11 October

Hollywood mogul Weinstein accused of rape

GMT 18:11 2017 Monday ,16 October

OPI names Tom Bachik as Global Nail Ambassador

GMT 10:56 2017 Thursday ,07 December

Amazon claims record-breaking
Almaghrib Today, almaghrib today
 
 Almaghrib Today Facebook,almaghrib today facebook  Almaghrib Today Twitter,almaghrib today twitter Almaghrib Today Rss,almaghrib today rss  Almaghrib Today Youtube,almaghrib today youtube  Almaghrib Today Youtube,almaghrib today youtube

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

.almaghribtoday .almaghribtoday .almaghribtoday .almaghribtoday
almaghribtoday almaghribtoday almaghribtoday
almaghribtoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
almaghribtoday, Almaghribtoday, Almaghribtoday