HRH PRincess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Visit to Ireland
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrived in Dublin Saturday morning (Sep 6) for her visit to Ireland from 6-7 September 2014.
Her Royal Highness met President Michael D. Higgins before visiting a number of academic and cultural institutions such as Trinity College and the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.
Diplomatic relations between Thailand and Ireland were established in 1974. The purpose of this visit is to strengthen bilateral relations and to develop the ties between the people of Ireland and the people of Thailand. It also aims to advance cooperation between Ireland and Thailand in education, agriculture and science and technology.
The visit comes ahead of the opening of Ireland’s new Embassy to Thailand this autumn, which will further consolidate the strong political, trade and economic relationship between the two countries. Trade with Thailand is growing steadily and in 2013 it was Ireland’s thirty-third largest trading partner with total merchandise trade valued at almost €500 million.
Paul Scales, the President of the Irish Thai Chamber of Commerce emphasized the importance of this first Thai Royal visit to Ireland “Relations between Thailand and Ireland are fast developing in a number of key areas, most noticeably in tourism, trade and agriculture. Many Thai people now visit Ireland to discover the rich heritage especially in literature. Authors such as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Jonathan Swift are just a few examples of great Irish writers,” he said.