Agreed to June 22, 2006
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
the third day of January, two thousand and six
Whereas on June 9, 1946, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended the throne and this year celebrates his 60th year as King of Thailand;
Whereas His Majesty King Bhumibol is the longest-serving monarch in the world;
Whereas on May 26, 2006, His Majesty King Bhumibol received the inaugural special Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Nations Development Program for his dedication to social justice, growth with equity, human security, democratic governance, and sustainability;
Whereas during the reign of His Majesty King Bhumibol, Thailand has become a democratically governed constitutional democracy in which Thai citizens enjoy the right to change their government through periodic free and fair elections held on the basis of universal suffrage;
Whereas His Majesty King Bhumibol has enjoyed a special relationship with the United States, having been born in 1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where his father, Prince Mahidol of Songkla, was studying medicine at the Harvard Medical School;
Whereas the United States and Thailand have enjoyed over 170 years of friendship since the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce in 1833, the first such treaty signed between the United States and any Asian country;
Whereas the United States and Thailand are treaty allies, and on December 30, 2003, President George W. Bush designated the Kingdom of Thailand as a major non-NATO ally; and
Whereas the bonds of friendship and mutual respect are strong between the United States and Thailand: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress--
(1) commemorates the 60th anniversary of the ascension to the throne of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand;
(2) offers its sincere congratulations to His Majesty King Bhumibol and best wishes for continued prosperity to his Majesty and the Kingdom of Thailand; and
(3) looks forward to continued, enduring ties of friendship between the Thai and American people.
Clerk of the House of Representatives.
Secretary of the Senate.