Bangkok: Defence Minister AK Antony will visit Thailand on Thursday to discuss a wide range of issues including security of sea lanes, cooperation in combating organized crime and anti-piracy measures, to further boost bilateral strategic ties.
    
Antony will be in Bangkok on a day-long official visit.
    
His visit comes a week after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Thailand.
    
"India Thai defence and security ties have seen all round development in recent years," India's Ambassador to Thailand Anil Wadhwa said.

"Both sides have expanded their range of bilateral activities from training and exercises to visits and exchange of information in the field of defence and have come to realize that as maritime neighbours and trading nations, their interest lies in the security of sea lanes and co-operation in combating organized crime, terrorism and co-operation in managing their coastal defence," he said.
    
Thai Defence minister visited India in December last year.
    
During Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Bangkok on May 30, India and Thailand agreed to enhance anti-piracy co-operation, promote security of sea lanes and Coast Guard co-operation to contribute to maintenance of peace in the region and to work towards ensuring safety and security of navigation in the Indian Ocean.
    
Thailand also expressed interest in India's defence industry which has competitive production and advanced technology.
    
Both countries agreed to work in collaboration in defence sector in the areas of mutual interest
    
The two sides have welcomed the deepening of co-operation through the Joint Working Group on Security Cooperation.
    
During the last joint working group meeting, the two countries agreed to expedite the implementation of five year programme finalized by the group.
    
The Defence Minister, who is currently on a three-nation tour, will return home on Thursday.

(Agencies)

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