The US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken decided to shorten his tour in Southeast Asia due to an incident coronavirus in the delegation that travels with him, announced today the State Department.
The station in Bangkok, where he was scheduled to meet with Thai officials tomorrow, Thursday, was canceled “to reduce the risks” and “the foreign minister will return to Washington,” his spokesman told reporters accompanying him.
“The Foreign Minister expressed his deep regret” to the Thai officials for the fact that will not be able to to go to Bangkok this week. “
“To reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection and to give priority to health and security of his delegation and those with whom he would possibly come in contact “, Anthony Blinken decided to shorten his trip, it is mentioned in the announcement of his representative, which is transmitted by APE BPE.
The plane of the American delegation will make a short refueling station in Thailand, without formal talks on the agenda. Subsequently will return in the United States.
It should be noted that Bangkok was to be the third and last stop of Blinken’s trip to Asia, after Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.