New Delhi, Nov 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs for a 3-day visit to Thailand to participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), East Asia, and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summits.
On the first day of his visit, the Prime Minister will address the Indian community living in Thailand and will also launch the commemorative coin marking the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, as well as the release of a Thai translation of Tamil classic Tirukkural, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
On November 3, PM Modi will co-chair the 16th ASEAN-India summit with Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who has invited PM Modi to Thailand.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address ‘Sawasdee PM Modi’ community programme in Bangkok, today.
“The ASEAN-related summits are an integral part of our diplomatic calendar. This will be Prime Minister Modi’s seventh ASEAN-India summit and sixth East Asia Summit,” Ministry of External Affairs’ Secretary (East) Vijay Thakur Singh had said during a press briefing on Thursday.
“Last year, in January, you would recall that India had hosted the 25th-anniversary commemorative summit of Indo-ASEAN in which all the 10 ASEAN leaders had participated. Then, the Delhi Declaration was adopted wherein it was agreed to further strengthen and deepen the ASEAN-India strategic partnership,” she added.
The meeting will take stock of the progress made in the relationship between India and the ASEAN member countries. Several Indian initiatives are currently implemented in this regard, such as New Delhi’s commitment to offering 1,000 PhD scholarships to ASEAN students at the IITs.