News Centre –TDO- The Kingdom of Thailand’s Ambassador to Turkey Phantipha Lamsudha Ekarohit has hosted a reception at the Ankara HiltonSA to mark the occasion of the birthday of former King of Thailand HM Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand’s National Day and Fathers’ Day in Thailand.
The reception was attended by Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism Nadir Alparslan, representatives of diplomatic and military missions and many other guests.
Folowing the playing of the Turkish and Thai national anthems, Ambassador Ekarohit expressed his respects for the late king.
Ambassador Ekarohit said that the late King Adulyadej had worked very hard to ensure the welfare of the people of Thailand during his 70 years on the throne and that as a result of his work, the king’s birthday on December 5th was declared the World Soil Day by the United Nations.
Ambassador Ekarohit said “The year 2018 is an important one for relations between Thailand and Turkey When I took office as ambassador to Turkey in April, my main priority was to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic ties between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Republic of Turkey with the nicest activities and to carry present ties between the people of the countries to higher levels through the 2018 Turkey-Thailand Mutual Culture Year.”
Ambassador Ekarohit said that the wide range of ties in trade, investment, education, sports, culture and tourism had made major advances this year and added that negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement between Turkey and Thailand are expected to be concluded next year. Ambassador Ekarohit said that this agreement would contribute to the present trade ties and investment relations between the two countries.
Stating that Thailand would take over the rotating presidency of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Ambassador Ekarohit said that they expected high-level cooperation with Turkey, a dialogue partner of the ASEAN.
Following the speech, Ambassador Ekarohit and Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism Alparslan cut the celebratory cake. Guests were offered traditional Thai refreshments.