Vice President concludes two-nation tour, calls visit positive

New Delhi, Feb. 5 (ANI): Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari returned to New Delhi on Friday after completing his five-day two-nation tour of South East Asia.

Talking to newspersons on board Air India-One he termed his talks in Brunei Darussalam and Thailand, as very positive. Vice President Ansari praised the Indian diaspora in Thailand saying more closer economic interactions were possible with India, as a whole new range of promising areas have opened up in the country of their origin.

“The interests of India and Thailand as the great maritime neighbours are the same in keeping sea lanes in the region free at all times,” he said.

In matters relating to connectivity also, there is convergence of opinions with Thailand. Three MoUs signed with Brunei Darussalam on defence and the positive signals of the State on a joint venture fertilizer unit are the highlights of the visit to the small but influential Sultanate.

It was after a long gap that a visit by a vice president has taken place to both the countries. It was an opportunity to reinvigorate India’s relations with the two ASEAN nations, which is pivotal to India’s ‘Act East Policy’. (ANI)

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