His Excellency the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau today received the credential of the non-resident ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand to Fiji, His Excellency Chirachai Punkrasin.
The head of state welcomed the new envoy to Fiji during the Letter of Credence ceremony at Government House.
Ambassador Punkrasin has vast experience in the Foreign Service since his career in the Foreign Ministry of Thailand began in 1984. He was previously posted as Ambassador of Thailand to the United Mexican States and in various missions in countries such as United States of America, Philippines and Singapore.
Mr Punkrasin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and went on to attain his Master of Arts from the School of Oriental and African Studies from the University of London, United Kingdom.
Mr Punkrasin has also been decorated with various awards by the Thai Royal Family for his service to the nation.
His Excellency will be based in Australia.