40 years of Diplomatic Relations
The opening of an Embassy in Bangkok signals a significant shift in the strength and depth of Ireland’s relationship with Thailand. Ireland and Thailand have had diplomatic relations for over 40 years. During that time our business links have developed. A vibrant Irish business community has grown in Thailand. And 65,000 Irish tourists visit this beautiful country every year. We have trade of almost €500 million per year. And in recent months we have had a number of important visits to Ireland from Thailand.
The most important of these visits was of course that by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in September 2014. Her presence in Ireland was an important milestone in the strengthening of the ties between our countries.
The opening of the new Irish Embassy in Bangkok in recent months brings the Ireland Thailand relationship to a whole new level. And it is a clear indication of our strong desire to enhance every aspect of our relations.