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Thanat Khoman (also Thanad; Thai: ถนัด คอมันตร์; RTGS: Thanat Khoman; May 9, 1914 – March 3, 2016) was a Thai former diplomat and politician. He was Foreign Minister from 1959 to 1971, chairman of the Democrat Party from 1979 to 1982, and Deputy Prime Minister from 1980 to 1982.

Forming of ASEAN

He and foreign ministers of 4 other countries, were responsible for starting ASEAN.


Khoman died in Bangkok, Thailand of respiratory failure on March 3, 2016 at the age of 101.

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