I have the honour to extend my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to Your Excellency and, through Your Excellency, to the people of the Russian Federation, on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Russia.
Ever since the visit of His Majesty King Rama V to Russia in 1897, when the friendly bonds between our two countries were first forged, our ties have flourished in wide-ranging areas and have grown from strength to strength. Our close ties are best highlighted by the exchanges of high-level visit of our two sides in recent decades, most notably the President of Russia’s visit to Thailand in 2003, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s visit to Russia in 2007 and most recently the Prime Minister of Thailand’s visit last year.
I am particularly pleased that our two leaders have decided to hold commemorative activities to mark this momentous occasion. It is my hope that these events will draw our two peoples closer by allowing them to gain a better understanding and knowledge of one another. In light of our longstanding and constructive partnership, the 120th anniversary of our relations represents a major milestone, signifying a new chapter whereby our relations will become even closer and more comprehensive.
Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand