Second Minister of Defence YB Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi Haji Md Yussof (C) and spouse (R) receiving tokens of appreciation from Thailand’s Ambassador to Brunei Wanthanee Viputwongsakul. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

The Embassy of Thailand in Brunei celebrated its national day and the country’s Father’s day on the birthday anniversary of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej with a vibrant soiree last night at the Indera Samudera Grand Hall, The Empire Brunei.

“The year 2019 is a special year for Thailand and Thai people for many reasons,” said Thai Ambassador Wanthanee Viputwongsakul during her opening remarks, noting how this year represented the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Thailand and Brunei.

“With respect to bilateral relations, Thailand and Brunei have enjoyed a close and cordial relationship, anchored by royal families’ ties, political and economic cooperation, as well as people to people contacts”.

Thailand’s Ambassador to Brunei Wanthanee Viputwongsakul delivering her speech. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

She highlighted the close cooperation between Brunei and Thailand in many areas of interest through the Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation which will resume its meeting in Brunei next year.

“[This is] together with the signings of MoU on double taxation, cultural cooperation, and One Tambon One Product [OTOP] products,” she added.

She added that Thailand will also be aiding in further strengthening the joint effort in the food and agriculture sectors with the sultanate through existing MoUs on agriculture and the exchange of high-level visits.

Some of the guests attending Thailand’s national day celebration hosted by the Embassy of Thailand in Brunei. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“We hope that our close cooperation will be beneficial for Brunei in the areas of paddy, soil improvement, and water management. This is in line with the wish of His Majesty for Brunei’s agricultural development and self-sufficiency”.

The foreign envoy went on to say that the Thai Embassay had conducted a number of events and celebrations to commemorate the more than three decades of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

These include the Thailand Grand Fair, the launching of the Guidebook Thai Restaurants in Brunei Darussalam as well as the launching of the Sawaddee Club’s Facebook page for UBD students who are keen to know more about Thai food and culture.

Some of the guests attending Thailand’s national day celebration hosted by the Embassy of Thailand in Brunei. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“With all activities that the Royal Thai Embassy has organised within the year, I am pleased to note with appreciation the support from the Thai community in Brunei”.

In closing, Her Excellency Wanthanee Viputwongsakul expressed that Thailand attaches great importance for ASEAN economic integration, seeking to develop an ASEAN community that is “people-oriented, leave no one behind and looks to the future”.

“In this connection, Thailand looks forward to supporting Brunei when it takes over the chairmanship of ASEAN in 2021”.

Present as the guest of honour at the event was Brunei’s Second Minister of Defence Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Halbi Hj Mohd Yussof and his spouse.

The Bruneian | BRUNEI-MUARA

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