In a press release from the Australian Embassy Thailand, PM Scott Morrison said:
“Australia has a longstanding friendship with Thailand, stretching back to the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1952.
Today, with my Thai counterpart, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, I have elevated our relationship to that of a Strategic Partnership.
In view of the evolving strategic shifts in the region, through this Strategic Partnership we will enhance cooperation in key areas, including defence and security, cyber affairs, anti-money laundering and combating transnational crime.
This historic announcement delivers on a joint commitment that Prime Minister Prayut and I made at the East Asia Summit last year in Bangkok.”