New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a three-day visit to Thailand. He will participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nationa, East Asia and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summits. The Prime Minister’s engagements on the first day include his address to the Indian community living in the country and the release of a 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 release.
On November 3, Modi will co-chair the 16th ASEAN-India summit with Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, on whose invitation he is visiting the country.
The Prime Minister will attend a special lunch hosted by the Thai Prime Minister for the leaders of the East Asian countries participating in the summit.
This summit is taking place in the backdrop of China’s aggression in the disputed South China Sea and in the Indo-Pacific region. A senior Indian official was quoted by news agency PTI as saying, “Shoring up India’s trade and security ties with ASEAN will be a top priority for India during the India-ASEAN summit.” Some of the dialogue partners of the annual ASEAN summit are India, US, Japan, Russia and China. The summit comprises 10 member countries namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.
PM Modi will also negotiate on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal ahead of the ASEAN summit to resolve some of ‘critical issues’, stated a report. The goal of the RCEP deal is to create one of the biggest free-trade regions in the world.