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Thailand Armed Forces Day 2024
by Anisha Pemjee
Pictured at the celebration (l-r) Colonel Charkrit Proungsuwan, Defence Attaché of Thailand,  Ms Kamolpatr Patoomkaew, Mr. Mungkorn Pratoomkaew, Ambassador of Thailand and Jirayu Proungsuwan (photo: TDS)

7 March 2024

Colonel Charkrit Proungsuwan, Defence Attaché of Thailand and Mr. Mungkorn Pratoomkaew, Ambassador of Thailand hosted a reception on the occasion of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Day. This day is commemorated each year on January 18 to mark the victory of King Naresuan, the Great in a battle against the Vice-King of Burma in 1593.

The Royal Thai Armed Forces have evolved and developed from protecting the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, to increasingly playing a bigger role in disaster relief efforts and international peacekeeping missions.
A group photo of the Defence Attaches accredited to South Africa and their spouses (photo: TDS)

Ambassador Pratoomkaew and Colonel Proungsuwan reflected on Thailand and South Africa’s defence cooperation which has spanned fifteen years. They looked forward to the conclusion of a Defence MOU, that has been tirelessly worked on, that will lay a framework for even closer cooperation between the two countries.  South Africa has been identified as one of the ten targeted and high potential countries by the Thai Government in its foreign and trade policies and this should reflect on a more dynamic momentum of bilateral relations, said Pratoomkaew. He also looked forward to more high-level visits from both sides this year.

Pictured centre are the winners of a lucky draw for one of the five Thai spa treatments from Rachawadee Thai Spa sponsored by owner Wassamon Vatanavarodom (2nd from right) (photo: TDS)

Colonel Prougsuwan’s term in South Africa comes to a conclusion and he used the occasion to bid farewell and express gratitude for the friendships forged here.

Guests enjoyed authentic Thai cuisine and drinks, and were entertained by colourful Thai dance.

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