Hamid Ansari concludes 3-day visit to Brunei, leaves for Thailand

Bandar Seri Begawan, Feb 3: Vice President Hamid Ansari on Wednesday left for Thailand for the second leg of his two-nation visit after concluding his three-day trip to Brunei during which he held talks with the top leadership of the oil and gas-rich nation and oversaw signing of three agreements.

In the morning, he delivered a lecture at the University of Brunei Darussalam before leaving for the airport onward his journey to Bangkok.

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Hamid Ansari leaves for Thailand

He will head straight to the Government House where he will be accorded an official welcome ceremony. He will also inspect a guard of honour.

Later in the day, he will have a one-to-one meeting with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who will host a banquet in Ansari's honour. This is the first visit by an Indian Vice President to Thailand after a gap of 50 years.

Ansari will also have an audience with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and deliver a speech at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on 'From Look East to Act East: India's Partnership with Thailand and ASEAN' besides addressing the Indian community at a reception to be hosted by the Indian Ambassador to Thailand.

In Brunei, Ansari held talks with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, crown prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and Speaker of the State Legislative Council Haji Mohammad Taib.

India and Brunei also signed three agreements on defence cooperation, health and sports and youth affairs.


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