Story: Foreign policy and diplomatic representation

First SEATO meeting, Bangkok, 1955

Zoom in to see details of this series of photographs from an album produced for New Zealand's Ministry of External Affairs. They show External Affairs Minister Thomas Macdonald arriving in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1955 for the first meeting of the South East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO). This organisation arose from a collective defence treaty signed the previous year, which aimed to block communist advances in South-East Asia. SEATO was dissolved in 1977.

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Reference: Macdonald 1 1 1
Photographs by Public Relations Department, Government of Thailand

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Michael Green, 'Foreign policy and diplomatic representation - Alliance diplomacy, 1950s to 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/34281/first-seato-meeting-bangkok-1955 (accessed 25 May 2019)

Story by Michael Green, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 17 May 2016