India, Thailand vow to boost trade and tourism ties

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Thailand Counterpart General Prayut Chan-o-cha during the India-Thailand delegation-level meeting at Hyderabad house in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Thailand Counterpart General Prayut Chan-o-cha during the India-Thailand delegation-level meeting at Hyderabad house in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo

Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is in India on a three day visit, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday afternoon.

Both countries vowed to strengthen trade and tourism ties with each other. India and Thailand signed two agreements in the field of culture and education. The agreements were signed after delegation level talks were held between both the leaders.

“The convergence of Thailand’s ‘Look West’ & India’s ‘Act East’ policy lights the path to a bright future of our partnership,” said PM Modi in a joint statement after the talks.

India and Thailand have also agreed to forge a closer partnership in the fields of defence and maritime cooperation. Both PMs also hinted at stronger relations in defence and manufacturing.

In a bid to attract more tourists from Thailand, PM Modi announced that India will facilitate double entry e-tourist visas for Thai citizens.

He also mentioned a Trilateral Highway that connects India with Myanmar and Thailand in order to improve connectivity.

“We have prioritized completion of Trilateral highway and early signing of Motor Vehicles Agreement with Thailand & Myanmar,” said PM Modi

Earlier in the day, foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Prime Minister Chan-o-cha. The Thai PM was also accorded a ceremonial guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the morning.

He also visited Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial and laid a floral wreath. The Thai PM who is on a three-day India visit will leave for Bodh Gaya before heading back home on Saturday.

The Thai PM is visiting India on PM Modi’s invitation and is accompanied by his deputy, five senior ministers and a 46 -member business delegation.

Thailand is India’s fourth largest trading partner after Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia in ASEAN.

Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra had visited India in January 2012, when she was invited as chief guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations.