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Thailand and South Africa to further ties that benefits it peoples and tackle common concerns

8 December 2017

In remarks marking the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand held in Pretoria, South Africa on 5 December 2017, Mr. Paisit Boonparlit, Charge d’Affaire informed the gathering of over 250 guests who weathered the rain to celebrate Thailand’s national day that much potential exists for people-to-people cooperation between Thailand and South Africa. He thanked H.E. Mrs. Susan Shabangu, Minister of Women in the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa for representing her government at the celebration held at Thai House.

Photo: Mr. Paisit Boonparlit, Charge d’Affaire of Thailand adressing guests

Mr. Boonparlit and Minister Shabangu acknowledged the close ties that exist between the two countries that will be enhanced in 2018 as the two countries celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations. They recognized the potential of cooperating in the IORA sphere where both countries are committed to cooperate especially after South Africa has assumed the IORA chairmanship since October this year.





Thailand has lined up a number of activities to mark the milestone in the relationship, indicated the Charge d’Affairs. He acknowledged that the 80,000 South African tourists that visited Thailand last year has laid the foundation towards closer friendship and understanding. He further expressed the Thai side’s willingness to ensure more investment and cooperation in areas including Tourism, Science and Technology, Defense, and Trade. He called for closer cooperation in the public and private sectors to find concrete ways to remove trade and investment barriers by both sides.

Mr. Boonparlit shared with South African friends, the legacy of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is beloved and revered by his subjects because of his 70 years of devotion and dedication to bettering the lives of Thais in the Kingdom. His Majesty’s sacrifice and achievements were recognized with the United Nations’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and continues to be honoured by the World Soil Day celebrated annually on H.M. Birthday of 5th December. King Vajiralongkorn has promulgated that the 5th of December in Thailand is celebrated as Father’s Day, H.M. the late King’s Birthday and the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand.

Embassy of Thailand in South Africa



March 2018






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