The King of Malaysia, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin is in Thailand for a few days on a state visit. He arrived Monday morning with his wife, Nur Zahirah.
The two were greeted in Bangkok by Thailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn upon stepping off the plane.
But it was Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej who gave the welcoming speech to the Malaysian royal couple at a dinner Monday night.
The King said he was confident that the friendly cooperation between Malaysia and Thailand would continue to yield benefits for both countries.
King Bhumibol said Malaysia and Thailand were neighbors long blessed with the closest ties of friendship based on the solid foundation of independence, freedom, sincerity and equality.
“Such a relationship has contributed greatly to our mutual understanding and cooperation at all levels in various fields of endeavor,” he said.
Tuanku Mizan said although diplomatic ties between Malaysia and Thailand spanned over 52 years, it had not truly reflected the close bond of friendship and family ties between the Malays and Thais.
“As such, the relationship has to be further strengthened through the exchange of visits between the royal families, political leaders, businessmen and the ordinary people of both countries,” he said.
The King of Malaysia also added that he is happy to see political strife be eased in Thailand.
This is the third country Mizan and Nur Zahirah have visited after Laos and Cambodia.