Prawit to meet Mattis at Pentagon during 5-day visit to the US

Deputy Prime Minister and also Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan will pay a five-day visit to the United States as guest of the US Department of Defence during April 21-26.

Defence Ministry’s spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich said Gen Prawit will be the guest of the US Defence Secretary James Mattis.

The Pentagon has sent an invitation for an April 21-26 visit which will include trips to US army camps for the defence minister and his delegation.

Lt Gen Kongcheep said the visit by the defence minister follows Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s official visit to the US at the invitation of US President Donald Trump in October last year.

Accompanying Gen Prawit will include representative from the Foreign Ministry, the Royal Thai Police, and the National Security Council, he said.

Topics to be raised during the meeting include regional security and military cooperation in all aspects, and the situation in the South China Sea