I am extremely glad about the 90th anniversary of bilateral relations between Thailand and Switzerland. I had the privilege of being Swiss Ambassador to Thailand from 2009 to 2015. Those were very exciting years, during which I felt the deep bond between the two countries. The Thais warmly welcomed me with their great hospitality. I got to know and appreciate the beautiful country and people in all regions of Thailand. I am happy that I can continue to maintain many friendships and stay connected with Thailand until today. In my new function as UN Special Envoy on Myanmar, I always fly via Bangkok, so that I can regularly visit my friends.
During my tenure in Thailand, I appreciated the cooperation with the Ministries, the Parliament and the Royal family. As Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, I maintained close contact with the Royal family. The 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations also fell during this period, and it was a highlight that Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn opened the Siam Nitasratchamongkol exhibition. It always filled me with pride that the royal family lived in Lausanne for 18 years from 1933 to 1951, including the Princess Mother, Princess Galyani Vadhana, HM King Ananda Mahidol, and HM King Bhumibol. HM King Bhumibol spent most of his childhood in Switzerland and studied at the University of Lausanne.
A bilateral highlight during my term was also the conclusion of an Agreement between the Swiss Federal Council and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand for Air Services between and beyond their respective territories which was signed on 18th January 2010 by Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya and me.
I wish the Thai government and all the people happiness and prosperity. May the friendship between the two countries last forever! Congratulations on the anniversary!
Christine Schraner Burgener,
Former Ambassador of Switzerland to Thailand
Ambassador Christine Schraner Burgener is a Swiss diplomat currently serving as the United Nations Special Envoy on Myanmar. She grew up in Tokyo until she was ten, and studied law in Zurich before joining the Swiss diplomatic service in 1991. Earlier in her career, she served at Swiss Embassies in Morocco and Ireland. Back in Bern, she worked as head of the human rights policy section with a focus on Asia and later as deputy director in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) ‘s international law department and head of the human rights and humanitarian law department. From 2009 to 2015 she was ambassador to Thailand and then until 2018 ambassador to Germany.