Thailand and France began to have relations with each other since the Ayutthaya period. during the reign of Somdet Vishnu the Great and King Louis XIV, who sent an ambassador to develop friendship with Siam in 1685. Later, the Siamese Ambassador (Kosapan) traveled to meet with King Louis XIV at Versailles in 1686. In the Rattanakosin era Diplomatic relations between Thailand and France have continued to develop. The Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation was signed on August 15, 1856.
At present, the Thai government has appointed Mr. Saran Charoensuwan as ambassador to Paris, while the French side has appointed Thierry Mathou as the ambassador of the French Republic to Thailand. (taken the position on November 2020-Present) In addition, the Thai side has an honorary consulate in Lyon. and the city of Marseille France has opened an honorary consulate in Chiang Mai, Phuket, Surat Thani (Koh Samui) and Chiang Rai.
The 160th anniversary of Thai-French diplomatic relations was held in 2016, so a celebration of relations in the year 2017 was organized by the Royal Thai Embassy in Paris by organizing a seminar on “160 years of Thai-French relations” at the Institute of Languages and Arts. Eastern Civilizations (Institut National des Langues et Civilizations-INALCO) Paris on 1 March 2017 by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana presided over while the French Embassy in Thailand has organized activities to celebrate the anniversary of the relationship as well.
Mr. Saksiam Chidchob, Minister of Transport and Mr. Thierry Matu, Ambassador of France in Thailand On behalf of the Deputy Minister of Ecology Transition Oversight of the Transport Authority of the French Republic have jointly signed the Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the field of transportation.
The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Transport. with the heads of high-level government departments of the Ministry and many French private sector executives It is a great opportunity that this signing is part of the 2021-2023 roadmap for the development of relations between France and Thailand. which the governments of the two countries will sign together soon.
The official signing of this Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the field of transport It is the first milestone in enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries. into a strategic partnership in the near future in key areas of cooperation between them.
This Declaration of Intent The objective is to develop cooperation covering all aspects in the field of transportation. both rail, land, water and air transport, as well as to exchange knowledge, expertise and experience in the development of sustainable transport such as rail transport. urban public transport Transportation with clean technology multimodal transport logistics ocean freight Land transport and road safety.
The signing comes at a crucial time for the two countries' bilateral cooperation, namely, Thailand is striving to accelerate the development and improvement of transport infrastructure.
While France itself which has knowledge, expertise and expertise in such fields would like to strengthen economic cooperation with Thailand In addition, this signing It also comes at a time when connectivity in all its forms has become a key issue both in Thailand and in the region, where France has made regional issues a priority. First in driving their Indo-Pacific strategy.
Signing this Declaration of Intent This will help strengthen and strengthen the relationship between France and Thailand and between the government and private sectors of the two countries in the field of transport. as well as strengthening economic cooperation between governments state enterprise and the private sector of both countries in terms of transportation infrastructure as well as to promote and support sustainable development.
After completing the signing ceremony of the Minister of Transport and the French Ambassador Along with the delegation, the group met and discussed the principles of cooperation in important areas. The opportunity was highlighted in Thailand by the Agency for Development of the French Republic (AFD) in the area of urban mass transit, where AFD provided technical assistance to support the implementation of transport development projects. mass and sustainable community heritage preservation in Phuket (Phuket Sustainable Urban Transport and Heritage Project : SUTRHE)
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