0229 GMT January 27, 2020
Thai Ambassador to Iran Kallayana Vipattipumiprates expressed his satisfaction with Bangkok-Tehran relations, saying, "Our amicable relations have stood the test of time and continued to blossom.”
The envoy made the remarks in a commemoration ceremony held in Tehran's Parsian Azadi Hotel on Thursday on the occasion of the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand (December 5).
The event was attended by a number of Iranian officials including Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific region Reza Zabib, as well as foreign diplomats in Iran.
Vipattipumiprates also said, “Cooperation in many areas, in particular sports, culture, and tourism, remains strong".
Referring to Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar's recent visit to Thailand, the Thai ambassador noted, "Exchanges of high-level visits continue to take place".
The Iranian vice president for Women and Family Affairs paid a two-day visit to the Asian country in November.
Vipattipumiprates also expressed his country’s willingness to promote effective cooperation between Iran and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with Thailand as the 2019 chair of the bloc.
Iran also joined the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) last year.
The ASEAN officially ratified Iran’s membership in TAC back in August, 2018. The treaty was signed by the ASEAN founding members – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore – in 1976 to promote permanent peace, everlasting amity and cooperation among people of Southeast Asia, which would contribute to their strength, solidarity, and closer relationship.
"Thailand stands firm in supporting close and mutual relations between ASEAN and the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said at the ceremony.
Each year on December 5, Thai people celebrate the occasion of National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand, the birth anniversary of the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej, and the national Father’s Day.