"The spreading tide of extremism and terrorism is a threat we both face," Ansari told Thai academics, businessmen and students in his address at the prestigious Chulalongkorn University here.

Ansari, who flew into this Southeast Asian country on the first visit by an Indian Vice President in half a century, held talks with Thai premier Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday.

In his address, Ansari said his visit underscores the importance India attaches to Thailand as part of its increasing engagement with the region. He asserted that there is "tremendous potential" for enhancing bilateral defence ties.

However, Ansari noted that when it comes to economic cooperation, despite the large size and rapid growth of the two economies, the trade and investment between India and Thailand 'remains modest'.

He said India supported the collective efforts by ASEAN member states and China to conclude the Code of Conduct to keep peace and stability in the region.

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