(Some photos and information are from the website of the Government House of Thailand, www.thaigov.go.th )
On 31 August 2018, at 10:00 hrs, at Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o- cha of Thailand had a bilateral discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Republic of India, during their attendance to the 4th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Summit in Kathmandu.
The Thai Prime Minister reaffirmed his invitation for Indian Prime Minister to visit Thailand whenever it is mutually convenient for both side. Thailand, as the ASEAN-India Coordinator (beginning from August 2018-2021), stands ready to work closely with India in strengthening strategic partnership and promoting connectivity between ASEAN and India. Prime Minister Prayut noted that the two countries are considered maritime neighbours, interconnected by an ocean, and so there are potentials for promotion of Thai-Indian marine connectivity and port connectivity, as well as aviation connectivity in the form of increase of flights between the two countries. Furthermore, Thailand would also be pleased to work together with India in promoting the Indo-Pacific concept.
The two leaders also agreed on reinforcement of development and economic cooperation, and further promotion of connectivity under BIMSTEC framework.
21 years ago, Thailand and India were both co-founders of BIMSTEC (at the time of inception it was called BIST-EC) when representatives of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand met in Bangkok and announced the establishment of the new regional organization on 6 June 1997.