Royal Thai Navy visits Philippines to strengthen ties

General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Chief of Defense Force of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, visits the General Headquarters Canopy area Wednesday, August 15, 2012. His visit was aimed to renew and further strengthen the bilateral military ties between the Philippines and Thailand. PHOTO BY SSG GILDO CABALO/AFP PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Officials of the Royal Thai Navy visited the Philippine Navy Headquarters in Manila Wednesday, September 19, to renew and further strengthen ties.

In a statement, Philippine Navy said the Royal Thai Navy headed by its Deputy Director General of Naval Operations Department Captain Teansiri Montriwade visited the headquarters and paid a courtesy call to Philippine Navy's Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Edgar L. Abodago AFP.

Aside from strengthening the relationship between the two navies, the parties also discussed various issued related to maritime activities and military cooperation.

Philippine Navy said their cooperation with the Thai Navy dates back during the end of Second World War. A formal diplomatic tie between the two nations was established on June 14, 1949 through the signing of "Treaty of Friendship." From then on, relations between the two countries started to strengthen and flourish.

Cooperation likewise expanded outside trade and culture and began covering political, defense, investment, tourism, air services, scientific and technical, telecommunications, agriculture, justice and environment, among others.

The two nations are also among the founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) and also hold respective annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercises with the U.S. Navy. (PN-PAO/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)


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