Not only is Thailand the oldest treaty ally of the United States in Asia, Bangkok is the first city that Washington, D.C. established a sister city relationship with back in February, 1962. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Governor of Bangkok Sukhumbhand Paribatra commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Washington, D.C.-Bangkok sister city relationship with a signing ceremony on Friday, May 18.

State Department Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis spoke at the event about linking opportunities for cultural and business development between the two capital cities. Mayor Gray said “There’s fertile territory here for us to develop a business relationship.”

via Washington, D.C.-Bangkok Sister City Jubilee Celebration 2012 | ASEAN Matters for America.

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