Don't worry, there will be significantly more on our trip to Kathmandu, but we certainly learned our lesson this week about leaving the country.  Andrew and I missed a visit from Hillary :(

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Thailand last week to show her support for our flood effected country.  She visited an evacuation center for victims of floodwaters in Bangkok on November 17 to demonstrate the U.S. government’s concern and sympathy for the people of Thailand and pledged ongoing support as the country works to recover from the high waters, which have swamped cities, homes, factories, and even the graceful temples that dot the landscape.

“I love Thailand and I love the Thai people, and I’ve been very distressed about these terrible floods, which are a historic, horrible event for your country,” said Clinton in an interview with hosts of a television talk program. “I’m here to show not only solidarity and sympathy, but confidence and optimism,” said Clinton.

Additionally, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was given a presentation on the flood damage in Thailand and U.S. flood assistance at a temporary evacuation site at the Sports Center Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 17, 2011. Note the USAID reps!

Sec Clinton and Ambassador Kenney

Above photos courtesy of Embassy FB Page
Clinton announced a $10 million assistance package November 16 to help the Southeast Asian nation in flood recovery. At a press briefing, Clinton said, “Assessment teams are on the ground now to prepare for U.S. contributions to help Thailand restore vital infrastructure and services and address public health needs. We are providing direct medical services and improving hospital readiness.” Also at the briefing, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the inundation of her country demonstrates the importance of nations engaging in joint disaster preparedness planning.

Her trip also included a meet and greet for Embassy staff and families.  So we missed out on hand shaking with Hillary....dang you Ag conference!  Maybe next time


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