Triumph of global cooperation

CHIANG RAI, Thailand (The Nation/ANN) - Global cooperation seen as key behind the success in the recue mission of trapped footballers.

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Global support poured in resulting in the successful mission that rescued 12 boys
and their coach from the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, an effort in
which Thailand’s hand was strengthened by the help of many foreign
teams.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in a 3.45-minute televised message, extended his
“sincerest gratitude” to all those who were involved in the
mission including volunteers, government officials, private companies
and media, as well as the moral support of people across the world.
“Although the mission has been accomplished, images of people from
all walks of life coming together to lend their helping hand,
regardless of race or religious belief, will remain with all of us
forever,” the PM said.He also recalled the sacrifice of Petty
Officer First Class Saman Kunan, a former Thai Navy SEAL diver, who
volunteered to take part in the operation and lost his life. Prayut
said Saman’s legacy “will forever be in our hearts”.

Country leaders,
footballers and Hollywood celebrities also took to online social
platforms to give courage to the Mu Pa Academy team as well as the
teams trying to rescue them. The United States’ top figures from
President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo and First Lady Melania Trump all tweeted to praise the
18-day effort that had a happy ending. “Tremendously proud of the
brave work of our @PacificCommand colleagues and all those who
supported the Thailand-led, multinational rescue team,” Pompeo said
in his Twitter account, referring to forces sent from the US
Indo-Pacific Command that joined in the operation late last month.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, British PM Theresa May, Singaporean PM
Lee Hisen Loong, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio
Guterres, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Malaysian
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also expressed their delight on the
success. “The world was watching and will be saluting the bravery
of all those involved,” May said tweeted on Tuesday. Guterres
called the mission “an example of international solidarity to
inspire us all”, while Lee Hsien Loong dubbed it “a remarkable
display of the strength of the human spirit”.

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