The king of Tonga, King Tupou VI along with the Queen Nanasipau’u smiled happily as they were greeted and welcomed on arrival by His Excellency Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pukbhasuk, Privy Councillor (Representative of His Majesty The King of Thailand); His Excellency Mr. Pradit Sintavanarong, Minister of Public Health (Representative of the Prime Minister) and the Director-General of the Department of Information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A statement from the Palace Office in Nuku’alofa says, “On Monday 14th October, Their Majesties were hosted to a Luncheon by The Minister for Foreign Affairs, H E Dr Surapong Tovichakchaikul at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel. Other guests included the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, the Director General of the Department of America and South Pacific Affairs and the Director General of the Department of International Development Cooperation Agency TICA. Exchanges during the Luncheon focused on fostering the close bilateral ties between Tonga and Thailand and on issues of import for future cooperation.
“An audience was granted on Tuesday 15th October for Dr Vili Fuavao Deputy Director from the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, to provide an overview of agricultural issues of relevance to Tonga including the FAO ongoing and recent assistance and, the establishment of the FAO office in Nukualofa.
“On Wednesday 16th October, Their Majesties were accompanied by Mr George Chen the Honorary Consul to Hong Kong, to meet with Mr Chanin Donavanik, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Dusit International Group of Bangkok. Mr Donavanik and his wife Khun Vipada hosted a Dinner for Their Majesties at one of the Dusit Thani Hotels in Bangkok, Yesterday, October 20th, Their Majesties visited Chiang Mai Province in northern Thailand where the Governor of the Province and the Chief Judge of the Region welcomed Their Majesties on arrival. The visit is an opportunity for Their Majesties to visit the House of Celadon of ceramics ware and the OTOP Tourism Village of local Thai products.
Their Majesties will return to Nukualofa at the end of the visit to the Chiang Mai Province.
Malia Sosefo (Tae) Guttenbeil of Vava’u was also introduced to Their Majesties during her visit to Bangkok to participate at the FAO World Food Day awards for Model farmers for outstanding achievements. Tae Guttenbeil is one of the four honourees to be recognised at a ceremony held at the FAO Regional office on 16th October. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand presented the FAO awards to the four model farmers from Bhutan, the Philippines, Thailand and Tonga. The awards honoured their outstanding achievements in agriculture and food production"