The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Cristina Gallach, yesterday called for a deepening of the friendship between Spain and Thailand on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
In a video broadcast on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Twitter account, Gallach recalled that “150 years ago, in 1870, Spain and Thailand signed the Treaty of Friendship, Trade and Navigation that formalised relations between the two countries”. “Spain then opened its first diplomatic representation in Bangkok”, she continued. “These relations were not new”, since “at the end of the 16th century, Spain was, after Portugal, the second European country to establish regular contacts with the Kingdom of Ayutthaya”, she continued.
“In times of crisis and political change, a country need friends, and it’s better if those friends are like-minded and share longstading relations of trust”, said the Secretary of State, who assured that “the friendship between Spain and Thailand remains strong”.
According to Gallach, “the next few years will be testing” and the current crisis caused by the pandemic “offers an opportunity to rethink our model and to strengthen our friendship and move forward together towards creating a new and better world”. To this end, she warned, “Agenda 2030 represents our best framework”. “Spain and Thailand, we are determined to meet the objectives of sustainable development in 2030 and we are also committed to the Paris Agreements and the need to decarbonise the economy”, continued the Secretary of State. “The challenge on which we can build the common ground is recovery from the current crisis, because we need a great recovery”, she said.
In her message, Cristina Gallach acknowledged that, “despite mutual sympathy” between the two countries, bilateral relations “continue to fall short of their potential”. “We must improve our mutual knowledge, encourage contacts in all areas between our civil societies and our economies and our businesses need more official visits”. The Secretary of State therefore expressed the hope that the celebration of the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations would contribute to “deepening” relations between the two countries.