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Ambassador Lopez leads ASEAN Farewell to Thai Ambassador

Tokyo, Japan – ASEAN Ambassadors in Japan led by Philippine Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez, incumbent Chair of the ASEAN Committee in Tokyo (ACT), fêted outgoing Thai Ambassador to Japan Thanatip Upatising at a dinner reception last 13 February at the prestigious Les Saisons restaurant at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

Ambassador Upatising is due to assume his next post as the Kingdom of Thailand’s new Ambassador the Republic of the Philippines.

Amb. Lopez and ASEAN Ambassadors present a farewell gift to Amb. Upatising (Photo courtesy of Thai Embassy)

Ambassador Lopez led fellow Ambassadors in presenting the Thai envoy with an engraved silver Christofle tray, the ACT’s traditional farewell gift to departing colleagues.

Amb. Lopez delivers remarks in honor of Amb. Upatising (Photo: Ms. MJ Duran-Mortel)

Ambassador Lopez and the Embassy of the Philippines in Tokyo are holding the rotating Chairmanship of the ACT from January to June of 2015. It is Ambassador Lopez’s second term as ACT Chair, having assumed the post shortly after assuming his post in Tokyo in 2011.

The reception is one of many events the Philippine ACT Chairmanship is lining up for the semester, in coordination with other ASEAN diplomatic missions. END

Ambassador and Mme. Lopez with ASEAN Ambassadors and their spouses (Photo: Ms. MJ Duran-Mortel)

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