The United States has joined Songkran celebrations in Thailand with its Acting Secretary of State John J Sullivan offering his best wishes in a statement and the US Embassy in Bangkok producing a video featuring its embassy staff talking about what Songkran means to them.
In a statement released today by the US Department of State, Sullivan said “On behalf of the government of the United States, I extend my best wishes to the people of the Kingdom of Thailand as they celebrate Songkran and welcome a new year on April 13, 2018.”
The statement adds: “This year marks 200 years of friendship between the United States and Thailand. The ‘Great and Good Friends’ exhibition of royal gifts and letters exchanged over these two centuries between Thai Kings and US Presidents, now on display at the Grand Palace, is a tangible reminder of the legacy and enduring strength of our relationship. As we celebrate this bicentennial, we think of how our friendship became an alliance that remains one of our oldest and most important in Asia. We look forward to further nurturing cooperation and partnership with the people of Thailand as we enter a third century of friendship during the reign of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn.”
“I wish all Thais a joyous festival with family and friends, and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Happy Songkran!”
The video of the embassy on the coming Thai New Year said: “Let’s hear from our American staff at the embassy what Songkran means to them.”