PM Modi to hold talks with Thai counterpart today

  • ANI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2016 16:04 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Thailand PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha and his wife, Naraporn Chan-o-cha, during the ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday will meet his Thailand counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is on a three-day visit to India.

The meeting between the two leaders is likely to focus on exploring ways to expand maritime security cooperation, deal with the threat of terrorism, and boost trade. Prime Minister Modi will also host lunch in his Chan-on-cha’s honour.

There are indications that the situation in the South China Sea will be discussed.

The Thai Prime Minister will also call on vice-president M Hamid Ansari, and visit Bodhgaya on Saturday before returning to Thailand.

Earlier, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra paid a state visit to India in January 2012 and was the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations.

Thailand has shown keen interest in joint ventures in defence production and procurement of defence platforms from India.

The Thai Prime Minister, who arrived here on Thursday, is accompanied by his spouse, Naraporn Chan-o-cha, and a high-level delegation comprising cabinet ministers, senior officials and a 46-member business delegation.

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