Prime Minister Modi will embark on a 3-day visit to Thailand today for ASEAN-related summits

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi On Saturday you will embark on a three-day visit to Thailand to participate in the ASEAN, East Asia and RCEP summits.

The prime minister's commitments on the first day include his speech to the Indian community living in the country and the launch of a commemorative coin that commemorates the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev, as well as the launch of a Thai translation of the classic Tamil Tirukkural, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA).

On November 3, Modi will co-chair the 16th Asean-India summit with the Prime Minister of Thailand, at the invitation of who will visit the country.

ASEAN-related summits are an integral part of our diplomatic calendar. This will be the seventh summit of Prime Minister Modi Asean-India and, said the secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (East), Vijay Thakur Singh, during a press conference on Thursday.

Last year, in January, they would remember that India had hosted the Indo-Asean 25th anniversary commemorative summit in which the 10 ASEAN leaders had participated. Then, the Delhi Declaration was adopted in which it was agreed to further strengthen and deepen the Asean-India strategic partnership, he 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 being implemented in this regard, such as the commitment of New Delhi to offer 1,000 doctoral scholarships to ASEAN students at the IIT.

This initiative has a budget of approximately Rs 300 million and is the largest human resources initiative for ASEAN member countries by India and for any of ASEAN's dialogue partners.

It became known and its implementation began in September this year, when Foreign Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal jointly launched this initiative.

India is also working on the establishment of centers for excellence in software development and training at the CMLV ( Cambodia , Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam) with a budget of around $ 8.6 million. In addition, New Delhi is in close consultation with its ASEAN partners to identify specific projects under its $ 1 billion credit line for its ASEAN country partners.

Strengthen the mechanisms of ASEAN and ASEAN, improve connectivity, whether maritime, land, air, digital, from person to person, deepen our economic partnership, improve cooperation in the digital domain, including cybersecurity, and improve Marine time cooperation are some of the key issues of India-Asean cooperation, Singh said.

The next day, the Prime Minister will attend a special lunch organized by the Thai Prime Minister for the leaders of the East Asian countries participating in the summit. Leaders on this platform will exchange views on the progress of the global sustainable development agenda.

The subject of this has been chosen by Thailand. In fact, Thailand, under his presidency, is promoting issues promoting partnerships for sustainability. Therefore, we are also working to support this issue and contribute to the discussions that are taking place. Singh said.

Later in the day, the Prime Minister will participate in the 14th East Asia Summit. The agenda of the meeting would be to review the future direction of East Asian cooperation and exchange views on regional and international issues.

The member countries participating in the summit represent 54% of the world population and 58% of world GDP.

Much of the success of this platform is due to the central role played by ASEAN countries. We recognize their role and always demand the centrality of ASEAN in our Indo-Pacific approach, Singh said.

Subsequently, Modi will participate in the RCEP summit, where the leaders of the member countries will review the status of the negotiations currently underway in Bangkok and will continue over the next few days.

Apart from the three summits, the Prime Minister will conclude several bilateral agreements. He will return to New Delhi on the night of November 4.

Prior to the visit, India's ambassador to Thailand, Durai, said that New Delhi is eager for a strong and unified ASEAN to play a central role in the emerging dynamics of the Indo-Pacific region.

The Asean-India summit, which will take place on November 3, will give us the opportunity to take stock of the relationship and also decide on future areas of cooperation, he told ANI on Friday.

The Prime Minister is leading the Indian delegation to the 16th Asean-India summit in Thailand. Asean for us is a very important group. India would like the strong and unified Asean to play a central role in the emerging dynamics of the Indo-Pacific region, the envoy said.