Thailand Plans Stronger Trade Ties with Iran

 | Mon 10 Feb 2014 09:59 ICT

CityNews – The Thai ambassador to Iran met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday, 8th February in the capital Tehran to discuss the future of Thailand’s relationship with Iran, and opportunities for economic expansion and stronger trade ties.

A map of Persia drawn in 1818 by John Pinkerton.

Adisorndej Sukhasvasti, Thailand’s ambassador to Iran, mentioned the strong, long-standing relations that Thailand and Iran have enjoyed since their Diplomatic Relation Foundation Day on 9th November 1955. However, Persian diplomatic figures were enjoying visits to Siam as far back as the 17th century, and there is a substantial population of present-day Thais who have descended from Iran.

Iran is now one of Thailand’s biggest trade partners in the Middle Eastern region, with their biggest imports being Thailand’s rice, rubber, iron, and other luxury items such as televisions and air conditioners. Thailand enjoys Iranian imports such as chemical products, natural gas, and metal ores.

Adisorndej announced Thailand’s eagerness for development of economic and commercial expansion between the two countries, and offered to be a reliable source of goods Iran requires. President Rouhani stated that under the current world conditions, co-operation among world countries is essential.