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U.S. Department of Defense
Press Operations
News Release

Release No. NR-376-17 October 28, 2017

Readout of Secretary Mattis' Trip to Thailand

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis visited Bangkok, Thailand on October 25-26 as President Trump's Special Envoy to the Royal Cremation of His Late Majesty, King Bhumipol Adulyadej.

Secretary Mattis was deeply honored to lead the Presidential Delegation, and extended his profound condolences on behalf of the American people. He emphasized the United States will always remember King Bhumipol as a lifelong champion of the Thai people and of the U.S.-Thai Alliance. His many legacies, including 70 years of innovative work, diplomacy, and selfless service, will last for generations to come.

During his visit, Secretary Mattis also met with Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Prawit Wongsuwan, to personally convey condolences to his counterpart and offer support for Thailand. He recognized the significance of his meeting with Minister Prawit during the Royal Cremation period.

The two officials reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the 184-year-old U.S.-Thai Alliance, reviewed the broad range of U.S.-Thai defense cooperation, and discussed ways to continue strengthening the defense trade relationship.

Secretary Mattis said he looks forward to welcoming the Minister to Washington in the near future.

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