Northeast India will be the gateway to Southeast Asia, says Prime Minister Modi

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated on Saturday the need for fluid connectivity between India and Southeast Asian countries to improve trade relations and development.

Take the here He reminded the audience that bilateral relations between India and Thailand are important for the Act to the East policy of his government.

The prime minister said his government was working to meet the challenges and aspirations that once seemed out of reach. We are developing Northeast India as a gateway to Southeast Asia. This will enforce our Law of Oriental Law and complement the Western Law Policy of Thailand, he said.

Speaking of the best air connectivity between the two countries, PM Modi said: Today the situation is that the average flight time between two destinations in both countries takes two to four hours. This is as if he were flying between two places in India itself.

The India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway, which is part of India's Look East policy, is currently under construction, Modi said. Once the Indo-Myanmar-Thailand road is complete, the connectivity between northeast India and Thailand will be perfect. This will increase trade and tourism in the region, said Prime Minister Modi. The road will connect Moreh in Manipur with Mae Sot in Thailand through Myanmar.

Prime Minister Modi arrived in Bangkok earlier today for a three-day visit. He will attend the 16th Asean-India Summit, the 14th East Asia Summit and the third summit meeting of the Regional Integral Economic Association (RCEP) that is negotiating a trade agreement.