Australian Embassy

Press Release 2017 - FM visit to Thailand

                Australian Foreign Minister’s visit to Thailand

3 August 2017

The Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, visited Thailand from 2 to 5 August to strengthen bilateral relations during the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Thailand.


In Bangkok, the Prime Minister of Australia appointed Ms Bishop to honour and pay respects to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, by laying a wreath at the Grand Palace on behalf of the Australian people.


Ms Bishop formally opened Australia's new embassy in Bangkok, one of Australia’s largest diplomatic posts. The building at 181 Wireless Road, close to Lumphini Park in Central Bangkok, is a symbol of the importance of Australia’s relationship with Thailand. Designed by Australian architects BVN, it is inspired by the Australian landscape and traditional Thai design.   


Ms Bishop met the Prime Minister, His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Mr Don Pramudwinai, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, His Excellency General Prawit Wongsuwan and other senior ministers. Ms Bishop discussed strengthening Australia's extensive engagement with Thailand on political, economic and security issues.


At the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms Bishop delivered a speech to mark the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and signed a new Air Services Agreement between Australia and Thailand.


Ms Bishop also met Thai political leaders, Australian business representatives, Australian alumni in Thailand, and New Colombo Plan scholars.



                                         Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai



        Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop meets Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bangkok



                                      Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop meets Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai


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