HCMC Thai Consulate General celebrates 27th anniversary

14:12 | 28/02/2020 Events

(VEN) - The Royal Thai Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City celebrated the 27th anniversary of its opening in Ho Chi Minh City on February 23.

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The consulate staff and the Thai community living and working in Vietnam attended the celebration

The event was attended by all consulate staff and the Representatives of Thai community living and working in Vietnam.

The celebration began with a flag-raising ceremony, following which the Thai national anthem was sung.

Mr. Apirat Sugondhabhirom, Thai Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, said that 27 years ago, on February 23, 1993, the building at 77, Tran Quoc Thao Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City officially became the workplace of the Consulate General of Thailand.

The Consulate was honored to welcome two Thai princesses Her Royal Highnesses Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Galyani Vadhana who planted trees in the consulate's garden.

For nearly three decades, the Thai Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City has consistently tried its best to nurture, consolidate and further strengthen the relations between Thailand and the cities/provinces of the southern and central region of Vietnam. It has also done its utmost to take cooperation between the two countries to new heights, Sugondhabhirom said.

He also said that this year, Vietnam and Thailand are marking 44 years of establishing diplomatic relations and 7 years of becoming strategic partners. Over the past 4 decades, bilateral relations between the two countries have developed impressively in many fields including politics, economy, trade, investment, culture and people-to-people exchange. The two countries have set a bilateral trade target of 20 billion USD this year. Bilateral cooperation between the two countries will continue to be promoted within the framework of ASEAN, ACMECS and GMS, he added.

hcmc thai consulate general celebrates 27th anniversary
Mr. Apirat Sugondhabhirom, Thai Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City introduces to the Thai community a tree planted in the garden of the Consulate General’s office by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on her first official visit to Vietnam

Sugondhabhirom said there were about 1,700 Thai people living in Vietnam at present and many Vietnamese people live in Thailand. They form an important bridge and foundation for people-to-people exchange, promoting friendship between the two countries, he said.

In addition, in recent years, many cultural exchanges between the two countries as well as exchanges between students and young people have been very exciting to observe. Many young Vietnamese go to Thailand and visit the places where Uncle Ho used to live. Many Uncle Ho memorial sites have been built in Thailand.

King Paramindr Maha Prajadhipok (Rama VII) of Thailand presented Vietnam with a bronze elephant statue as a souvenir after his first visit to Vietnam in 1930. The bronze elephant statue now stands to the right of the Hung Kings’ Temple at the Saigonzoo & Botanical Gardens.

The Consul General said he hoped that the relationship between the two countries develop to a new level. "Thailand will continue to support Vietnam, and believes that Vietnam will help bring closer members of the bloc when assuming ASEAN’s chairmanship this year."

My Phung