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Thailand’s Prime Minister Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, and Foreign Minister Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, have sent messages to the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Pakistan on the occasion of 60 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Thailand. The messages highlight the friendship and cooperation between the two countries. The Prime Minister of Thailand Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, has also reiterated Thailand’s support for Pakistan’s endeavour to enhance its status with ASEAN from a Sectoral to a Full Dialogue Partner. The messages sent by the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister of Thailand are reproduced below:-

Message of Thailand’s Prime Minister


On the auspicious occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, it is my privilege and honour to extend my warmest greetings and best wishes to the Government and people of Pakistan.

The ties between our two countries are deeply rooted in culture and history which have enabled our friendship to blossom over the past sixty years. The State Visit to Pakistan of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit in 1962 cemented this friendship in the hearts and minds of the Thai people.

Thais know Pakistan as a historical center of higher learning. Over the decades, thousands of Thai students graduated from Pakistan, broadening the friendship between our two peoples. This is most vividly reflected in the compassion and mutual assistance extended by the two countries to one another when the other faced natural disasters.

Today, it is important for the two countries to build on this strong foundation and take our relations to new heights. We therefore hope to see greater interaction between the Thai and Pakistani business communities, in order to bring forth greater trade, investment, and mutual prosperity.

We extend our sympathies and support to the continuing efforts of Pakistan to address the challenges of terrorism and extremism as well as Pakistan’s aspiration to enhance its links with Southeast Asia and ASEAN. We also believe that the two countries can expand and deepen their cooperation in countless other fields of mutual interest.

Looking forward, Thailand will continue to expand and deepen our excellent relations with Pakistan as par t of our “Look West” policy so that, the peoples of Thailand and Pakistan will continue to enjoy friendship and cooperation for generations to come.

(Yingluck Shinawatra)
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand

His Excellency,
Mr. Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani,
Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Message of Thailand’s Foreign Ministers


On the auspicious of the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relation between kingdom of Thailand and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, it is my great honour to extend my warm congratulation and best wishes to you, and the government of Pakistan.

I am delighted to note that our sixty years of friendship has stood the test of time. Today, our relations remain as strong as ever, with excellent cooperation in a wide range of areas, and strong potential for further expansion, particularly in the areas of trade, investment, and people to people exchanges.

The Royal Thai Government looks forward to strengthening this long standing friendship with Pakistan. I am confident that, through our joint efforts, we can be assured of a bright future of friendship and cooperation and between our two countries and peoples.

Accept, Excellency, the assurance of my highest consideration.

Surapong Tovichakchaikul
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand

Her Excellency
Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic republic of Pakistan

11 October 2011

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