Meeting Secretary of State Tillerson

Today was one of the highlights of my internship! This entire  past week, Embassy Bangkok was busy preparing for the “S” visit…

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Bangkok on an official trip to ASEAN. He arrived to the Don Muang Airport around 11am and was escorted by a motorcade of about 12 cars which included his advance team, traveling press, ambassador’s vehicle, and embassy officials. His five-hour trip began with a meet-and-greet at the Ambassador’s Residence where he met with a visiting Congressional Delegation (CODEL), took photos with the U.S. Marines, addressed the US Mission staff and their families through brief remarks, greeted little kids, and shook hands with audience members. I was able to shake his hand and get a picture with him as well!

He then met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Shortly after, he was rushed to the Government House (Thailand’s White House), where he discussed bilateral cooperation with Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha. After photos and gift sharing with these officials came the most important part of the Secretary’s visit:  paying respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej — only monarch to be born in the United States. The Secretary signed the condolences book and bowed to a photo of the late King at the Red Room of the Chambers of the Bureau of the Royal Household at the Grand Palace.

“Wheels Up” was at 4pm and the involved Embassy staff celebrated with a happy hour at the Conrad Hotel at 5pm. All of these events were documented on the U.S. Embassy Bangkok‘s official Facebook page and Department of State‘s Twitter account.

It was a long yet exciting day for me! Now I have my first “S Visit” under my belt.

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