HUSH-HUSH talks were held between Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in his capacity as the defence minister and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Mr. David S. Cohen at the Government House this morning (Nov. 19), Sanook.com said.
When Gen. Prayut arrived at the Government House early this morning, his agenda till noon was blank with Cohen arriving at 9.30 a.m. for the discussions. No details revealed but the focus was likely on some very important issues, particularly security.
Later, Gen. Supot Malaniyom, secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC), clarified that Prayut and Cohen exchanged information on the right way to conduct work and the conducting of mutually beneficial work.
There was an overview of foreign affairs and security in friendly countries. As the US is a close ally of Thailand with the two nations cooperating in all areas the CIA deputy chief therefore came in to hold talks and exchange information on these matters, he said.
Asked whether there was a special agenda at these talks, Gen. Supot said he did not know because he had not checked the agenda but the talks dwelt on cooperation and all that which will contribute to security in Thailand and within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) region.
He added that he himself would be holding talks with Cohen this afternoon.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, left, and CIA deputy chief, David S. Cohen.