| Hakim Hayat |
THE Royal Thai Embassy last night celebrated the Royal Thai Armed Forces Day in a reception held at The Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.
The occasion was celebrated for the first time here, after the Thai Government opened its Defence Attaché Office at the Royal Thai Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan last August.
The guest of honour at the event was the Acting Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Tamit. His spouse Datin Sakdiah binti Haji Mohamad Noor also attended the event.
Mrs Siriporn Chaimongkol, Charge d’affaires ad interim at the Royal Thai Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, in her speech praised the close military and defence cooperation Brunei and Thailand shares in the regional framework and bilateral levels. She added that both countries value the strengthening of capacity building and have many exchange programmes not only at policy level but also on operational level such as joint exercises and various training courses.
“Our close relations have been fostered though regular visits of our commanders as well as military personnel at the operational level which has kept our defence attaché busy since the very first day of the appointment to his office,” she also said.
The event, which saw a video presentation and a cake-cutting ceremony, was also attended by Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) at the Ministry of Defence (MinDef), Datin Paduka Hajah Suriyah binti Haji Umar, as well as the Thai Defence Attaché to Brunei Darussalam, Colonel Sorrawat Pattamakom.