Norwegian Crown Prince and Princess arrive in Bangkok

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway arrived Bangkok Tuesday 23 November at the start of a four-day official visit to Thailand.
      Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were warmly received and welcomed by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn upon their arrival at the Royal Thai Air Force Airport this afternoon.
      The Crown Prince and Crown Princess will have an audience with Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit at the Klaikangvol Royal Palace in Thailand’s southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan on Wednesday and will attend a reception given by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in the evening.
      The remaining part of the official program will reflect the two countries’ focus on sharing experiences in promoting global peace, social development projects and knowledge-based business development.
      The visit includes a meeting with prominent Thai and Norwegian representatives involved in bilateral business development, from paint and fertilizer production, aviation and tourism, furniture design and seafood export, to mobile phone services and high-speed infrastructure for cellular operators and dedicated networks.
      A special focus will be on Norway’s strong telecommunications presence in Thailand through the activities of Telenor and DTAC and on fertilizers through Yara Thailand/Hydro.
      Their Royal Highnesses will also visit historical sites in Ayutthaya and celebrate the Loy Krathong festival.
      The visit takes place just a few weeks ahead of the year 2005, which marks the 100th anniversary of Norway’s independence and as well as the establishment of diplomatic relations with Thailand.

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