India, Thailand looking to bolster bilateral trade, hold talks during FOC meeting

India and Thailand on Monday agreed to strengthen their bilateral trade during a meeting at the 7th Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) in Bangkok.

India and Thailand officials participating in 7th Foreign Office Consultations in Bangkok on Monday. Photo Courtesy: Arindam Bagchi Twitter page.

It will be done through regular Government-to-Government (G2G) and B2B (Business to Business) interactions and business collaborations.

The Indian side was represented by Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs.

Sarun Charoensuwan, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Thailand, co-chaired the meeting

"The two sides undertook a comprehensive review of bilateral relations and agreed to further strengthen cooperation in a number of areas, including trade & investment, MSMEs, defence & security, connectivity, health, culture, and science & technology. Both sides welcomed regular meetings of their bilateral mechanisms," read a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.

"Both sides also exchanged views on regional and global developments and agreed to coordinate closely in multilateral and regional fora, including in UN, BIMSTEC, IORA, MGC, ACD and India-ASEAN," read the statement.

India will host the next FOC.