In a hand-written message in the guest book at the Thailand Government House, Obama said it was "an honor to visit Thailand — America's oldest treaty ally in Asia. The bonds between our peoples have endured for nearly 180 years. Grounded in mutual respect and guided by our common aspirations for peace and prosperity, may the bonds and friendship between us endure for many years to come."
Associated Press writers Julie Pace in Bangkok and Matthew Daly in Washington contributed to this report.
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