Thai national day observed

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Rana Tahir Shahbaz

Pornpop Uampidhaya, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand hosted a reception to celebrate Thai National Day at a local hotel in Islamabad on Thursday evening and senior staff of the Thai embassy received more than 350 guests from diplomatic corps, high-ranking officials of Pakistan, members of business community, academia and media, as well as Friends of Thailand in Pakistan. A number of Thai students from the International Islamic University Islamabad were also among the guests, evidence of educational links between both countries.
Cultural performances and martial arts show added color to Thai national day reception as Thai artists had travelled all the way from Bangkok to be part of national day festivities. Thai food festival kicked started also provided real feast to those who have a taste for mouth-watering Thai food.
The event was well attended by the Federal Minister for Science and Technology H.E. Mr. Fawad Chaudhry, as Chief Guest who delivered his remarks about the long standing and cordial relations between Thailand and Pakistan.
Thai girls attired in traditional dresses presented a mesmerizing performance. Traditional Thai cuisines also remained center of attraction of guests. Thai martial arts performance was yet another hallmark of the event.
The federal minister further said Pakistan, Thailand relationship would continue to thrive even in the days to come. He said bilateral relations between Pakistan and Thailand were on positive trajectory.
Thailand, he said, is an important country in the region therefore both countries need to benefit from each other. He said the government of PM Imran Khan is serious in strengthening relations with the ASEAN countries.
Earlier Ambassador of Thailand H.E. Mr. Pornpop Uampidhaya said Thailand and Pakistan established their relations back in 1951 therefore our bilateral relations are as old as Pakistan. He said both countries have been cooperating with each other in many fields adding there are many Pakistani who are living in Thailand. The ambassador hoped relations between the two countries will strengthen further in the days to come.

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