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Jakarta Post

New normal of Indonesia-Thailand relations

  • Songphol Sukchan

    Ambassador of Thailand to Indonesia

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 27 2020   /  01:40 am

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year will be more meaningful if Thailand and Indonesia can establish their new normal of relations at this time of turbulence. Friendship between Thailand and Indonesia has existed since 1871 when King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V) of Thailand made his first visit to Java followed by another two visits to the island. The bronze elephant statue in front of the National Museum in Jakarta, a gift from King Chulaongkorn, and his inscription at Curug Dago waterfall in Bandung, West Java, represent this historical tie of friendship. It was on March 7, 1950, when the two countries established formal diplomatic relations. Similarities of hearts and minds of Thais and Indonesians have bonded us together since then.Both nations have been enjoying a luxury of “zero wound and conflict” during our 149 years of relations. We were side by ...