Mr. Apirat Sugondhabhirom, Thai Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Speaking on the occasion of the upcoming celebration of birth anniversary of the King of Thailand, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua, on July 28, 2020, Sugondhabhirom elaborated on the bilateral, multifaceted relations that the two countries enjoy. Vietnam and Thailand mark 44 years of diplomatic relations and seven years of strategic partnership this year. Could you highlight some salient features of the relationship? Thai-Vietnamese relations have been cordial for more than four decades in many dimensions: political, people-to-people and economic. Our “strategic partnership” was elevated to “strengthened strategic partnership” in 2019, moving our bilateral relations towards new heights with stronger strategic and economic components. Thailand’s present King visited Vietnam several times as the Crown Prince. His sister, the Princess, presided over the inauguration ceremony of the Consulate-General’s office, where I work now. Our two Prime Ministers met at many forums, resulting in a close friendship between them. Even amidst this Covid-19 challenge, they communicated via mutually supportive letters in March and April, as well as through teleconference. Thailand remains Vietnam’s top trading partner in ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations). The volume of two-way trade in… Read full this story
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