Thai Khu Fah Building, Government House, H.E. Mr. Lorenzo Galanti, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Thailand, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha on the occasion of his assumption of position. Lt. Gen. Werachon Sukondhapatipak, Deputy Government Spokesperson, disclosed gist of the meeting as follows:
The Prime Minister welcomed the Italian Ambassador on behalf of the Thai Government and people, and congratulated him for having an audience with His Majesty King Rama X to officially present his credentials as the new Italian Ambassador-designate to Thailand. He also wished the Ambassador success on his tenure in the country, and affirmed the Thai Government’s commitment to endorse his endeavors in reinforcing relations and cooperation between Thailand and Italy. The Italian Ambassador expressed honor to have been tenured in Thailand, and received the warm welcome from the Thai Government and people. He also conveyed the regards of Prime Minister of Italy to the Prime Minister and Thai people.
The Prime Minister underscored cordial relations between the two countries. At the 12th ASEM Summit held in Brussels, he had a chance to meet with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and discussed about further strengthening relations and cooperation in various dimensions. Italy has expertise in infrastructure, rail system, creative economy, SMEs, agricultural and food technology, tourism, and defense industry, which are all in line with Thailand’s S-Curve industries under Thailand 4.0 policy. He would, therefore, like to invite Italy to take part in the Government’s mobilization of the 20-year national strategy, and for the Italian Ambassador to promote investment in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
The Italian Ambassador congratulated the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand Italy in 2018, which is a good opportunity for both countries to set the direction for future relations. Both countries have potential to further expand mutual cooperation, especially in security, science and technology, and innovation, tourism, and economic cooperation. Italy is interested in investing in the fields of space engineering, technology and innovation, and smart farming.
Toward the end of the meeting, both parties also discussed relations between Thailand, Italy, and ASEAN. The Italian Ambassador congratulated Thailand’s ASEAN chairmanship in 2019, and hoped that the country would drive ASEAN toward success, and would continue to promote partnership with Europe, including Italy, in creating stability and sustainable development of the Asian region and the world.
Source: Royal Thai Government