Australian Army Chief visits Thailand to tighten military ties


Bangkok – The Army Chief of Australia is currently on a visit to Thailand, on a mission to enhance relations and cooperation between the armies of the two countries.

During his April 22-25 trip, Lt Gen Angus Campbell paid a courtesy call on his Thai counterpart, Gen Chalermchai Sittisart, at the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in Bangkok.

The objective of the visit is to further maintain the long-standing friendship and strengthen cooperation between the two armies in all areas, especially academic exchanges, joint military exercises such as Cobra Gold, and the enrollment of Australian soldiers in Thailand’s chief of staff training program.

While in Thailand, Lt Gen Campbell is scheduled to participate in ceremonies to observe Anzac Day at the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, and at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery in Kanchanaburi province. The annual commemoration is held to remember Australian and New Zealand soldiers who lost their lives during World War I as well as in all other subsequent wars. The ceremonies in Thailand recall the many lives lost on the Thai-Burma railway where foreign prisoners of war were forced to work on the difficult construction by Japanese forces that had occupied Thailand during World War 2.