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26 September 2010 :: 11:09:37 am 40700

Regional Maritime Relations Focus of US-ASEAN Meet

Organised as a sideline to the great United Nations General Assembly in New York, government leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) an the United States recently to discuss security and monitoring of the Asian regions key international waterways, according to Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya.
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United States, the 25th of September 2010: Mr. Piromya, in attendance at the summit, revealed that talks between leaders focused on maritime security in the region along with training and development policies soon to be implemented under the guidance of their U.S. counterparts.

Maritime security in the South Chin Sea, a key international shipping zone responsible for the passage of trade and transport ships using the Straits of Malacca, was discussed due to on going disputes between China, Japan and several other countries; however, Mr. Piromya assured that it was not the focus of the meet.

In a bid to strengthen relations in the region, a contingent of U.S. trainers and teachers will soon be dispatched to the 10-member ASEAN nations in order to teach English, discuss trading possibilities and propagate environmental preservation issues, particularly centered on forestry and marine habitats, according to Mr. Piromya.

“It displays a strong determination by the U.S. in strengthening relations with ASEAN. Everyone is speaking in one voice how important the US is for security, trade and investment, tourism and technology. The US develops innovative technology all the time,” Foreign Minister Mr. Piromya added.

In addition, Thailand discussed cooperation against Somali pirates with Kenya as well as national security cooperation with Sudan. Mr Piromya further sort discussions with Nigerian cooperation in searching for a missing Thai hostage seized by Somali pirates on 24 September. Thailand recently dispatched a two vessels to help battle piracy off the coast of of Somali with the international flotilla, representing the first such endeavor in the history of the Royal Thai Navy.

In closing, Mr. Piromya revealed that he had the opportunity to meet his Mexican counterpart, who praised Thailand’s commitment to international relations, thanking the nation for its aid in dealing with the devastating earthquake in Haiti earlier this year.

Mexico’s Foreign Minister was a key center for dealing with the distribution of aid to the island nation, with Thailand helping to the tune of US$100,000 and dispatching numerous doctor’s and medical teams, directly aid the grief stricken population.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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