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The Importance of Thai Prime Minister’s Visit to the Philippines


The prime minister of Thailand arrived in Manila last 27 August 2015 for a two-day official visit. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha with Madam Naraporn Chan-o-cha visited Manila by invitation of President Benigno Aquino III with a purpose to “deepen the Philippines’ partnership with Thailand, a fellow founding member of ASEAN and a long-time friend.”


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Thai Prime Minister Prayut and Madam Naraporn

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha with Madam Naraporn Chan-o-cha


This is the first time that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visited the Philippines since he became prime minister last year in August.


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Diplomatic Relations Between The Philippines and Thailand

Notes from Official Gazette, the official journal of the Republic of the Philippines



“Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Thailand were first established when both countries signed a Treaty of Friendship on April 19, 1949, under the Quirino Administration. It was the first time the Philippines established formal diplomatic relations with a state in Southeast Asia. That same year, both countries established legations in Bangkok and Manila, which were elevated to embassies on January 1, 1956.


As Philippine diplomatic interests in Asia broadened, President Elpidio Quirino’s administration pushed for a Pacific security pact with other countries with “a common concern over the maintenance of international peace and security, especially in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific.” This led to the Baguio Conference on April 17, 1950, in which six of the eight nations the Philippines had formal diplomatic relations with attended. One of the six was Thailand.


On August 2, 1950, the Treaty of Friendship between the Philippines and Thailand was ratified by both parties.


During the Manila Conference in 1954, the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty (known also as the Manila Pact) was signed on September. 8, 1954, to promote international diplomacy and regional defense. The pact led to the establishment of Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO). Among the signatories of the pact, Thailand and the Philippines were the only Southeast Asian countries who became founding members of SEATO. It was formally dissolved on June 30, 1977.


Prior to SEATO’s dissolution, however, the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) was signed on August 8, 1967, by five Southeast Asian states: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and Thailand. The declaration gave birth to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which aims to strengthen solidarity and cooperation in the region.


On June 24, 1997, the capital cities of Thailand and the Philippines, Bangkok and Manila, further enhanced international friendship when they were declared “sister cities.” The act encouraged cultural and economic exchanges between the two cities in order to promote the welfare of their citizens.


To celebrate 50 years of mutual cooperation and friendship between the Philippines and Thailand, the Philippines renamed Rada Street, in the city of Makati, to Thailand Street in 1999, as the Kingdom of Thailand gave the name Soi Philippines (Philippine Street) to the street where the Philippine Embassy is located, on an intersection with Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok.”





Author: Anna Stiva 






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