New Delhi (VNA) India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and her Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinal held talks on January 4 in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss connectivity, security and cultural cooperation to keep up with the growing momentum of bilateral ties.

Two days before Swaraj’s visit to Thailand, the Ministry of External Affairs had said that all aspects of bilateral relations would be on the agenda, with a focus on political, defence and economic relations.

Also, the ministry highlighted that measures to enhance India’s engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) would be an important aspect of the visit as Thailand will assume the role of coordinator country for India-ASEAN relations from mid-2018.

Swaraj will leave for Indonesia on January 5 and co-chair the fifth meeting of the India-Indonesia Joint Commission with her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi. After that she will visit Singapore from January 6-8.

Her trip aims to strengthen relations with Southeast Asian countries under New Delhi’s “Act East” policy.-VNA