Chief of De­fence Forces of Thai­land calls on Gen­eral Bikram Singh


Gen­eral Tanasak Pa­timapragorn, Chief of De­fence Forces Royal Thai Armed Forces, called on Gen­eral Bikram Singh, Chair­man Chief of Staff Com­mit­tee and the Chief of Army Staff on June 30, 2014 in his of­fice. Im­por­tant strate­gic facets of com­mon con­cern and is­sues of con­ver­gence on se­cu­rity were dis­cussed.

Gen­eral Tanasak Pa­timapragorn ar­rived in In­dia on a four-day visit on June 28. The Gen­eral was ac­com­pa­nied by a nine mem­ber del­e­ga­tion. This visit by the Thai­land Chief of De­fence Staff as­sumes spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance in the light of en­hanced de­fence co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries and In­dia’s grow­ing re­la­tion­ship with Thai­land. The friend­ship be­tween In­dia and Thai­land is based on com­mon ideals and prin­ci­ples, aris­ing from a sig­nif­i­cant legacy of his­toric links, com­mon cul­ture, and a shared in­ter­est in peace and sta­bil­ity in our re­gion.

The gen­eral dis­cus­sion with In­dian au­thor­i­ties cov­ered a wide range of fields in­clud­ing over­all se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion, re­gional is­sues and steps to fur­ther the de­fence en­gage­ment be­tween the two na­tions. De­fence co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two armed forces has been vi­brant, en­com­pass­ing train­ing, joint ex­er­cises and vis­its by mil­i­tary del­e­ga­tions. The visit by the high pow­ered del­e­ga­tion led by Gen­eral Tanasak is bound to ce­ment bi­lat­eral re­la­tions as Thai­land con­sti­tutes the strate­gic bridge be­tween South and South East Asia and is vi­tal in the de­vel­op­ment of peace and pros­per­ity in the re­gion. It is bound to give im­pe­tus to the mul­ti­far­i­ous in­creas­ing de­fence co­op­er­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties be­tween two neigh­bours.

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