PM receives new Dutch ambassador

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Bangkok – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has assured the Dutch ambassador to Thailand Kees Pieter Rade, of his administration’s commitment to the establishment of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

Receiving the newly-appointed Dutch ambassador at Government House in Bangkok on Friday, Gen Prayut said he looked forward to continued good relations and cooperation in all respects with the Netherlands.

Through its EEC and Thailand+1 frameworks, Thailand is well-equipped and has great potential to become a trade and investment hub of ASEAN as Thailand welcomes Dutch investors and buyers of rice and rubber, both of which are signature crops of the kingdom.

In response, ambassador Rade congratulated both sides on their 400-year long diplomatic relations, commenting that the Netherlands and Thailand have long enjoyed mutual cooperation on various fronts including agriculture, education, and industrial development.

The Netherlands is Thailand’s third largest trade partner in the European Union he added, and the land of smiles is the Netherlands’ gateway to the community of ASEAN nations.