As long-time friends of Thailand, President Obama and I are deeply saddened by the recent violence and loss of life in Bangkok. As you prepare to celebrate the upcoming Songkran holiday, the United States renews our call for both the opposition and the government to return to the negotiating table and to seek agreement on a way forward that strengthens your democracy and the rule of law.
The challenges you are facing cannot be resolved by force, but only by dialogue. We believe firmly that a negotiated solution is possible.
We are hopeful that this New Year will be a time of renewal and reconciliation, and an opportunity to gather with family, friends, and neighbors to honor Thailand’s rich traditions and culture.
While you continue on the path to resolve your political differences, we remain confident in the strong, enduring bonds between the United States and Thailand. I wish you and Thais around the world a safe and peaceful New Year.
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