Sihasak pays official visit to India to discuss trade and investment

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Foreign Ministry permanent secretary Sihasak Phuangketkeow is set to visit India today in a bid to discuss trade and investment with his Indian counterpart. Mr Sihasak is slated to attend a meeting with India’s Foreign permanent secretary Anil Wadhwa as both countries take stock of ongoing measures to enhance connectivity and boost infrastructure. The meeting will follow up on the progress of bilateral issues discussed during the visit to Thailand of India’s Prime Minister last year. The topic will include security issues, the Thailand-Myanmar-India Trilateral Highway and status of negotiations on a bilateral FTA. India is one of ASEAN’s dialogue partners that will engage in negotiations under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which covers economic cooperation with China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. During the meeting, Mr Sihasak will also clarify the political and economic situation in Thailand after the formation of the interim government led by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, also the chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).