Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Thailand. According to reports, PM Modi and Shinzo Abe held a delegation-level meeting. Further, along with PM Modi, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and other dignitaries also attended the meeting. PM Modi is on a three-day visit to Thailand.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit on Monday. During the summit, leaders of the member countries will review the state of negotiations which are ongoing in Bangkok currently and will continue over the next few days. According to reports, RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement among 10 ASEAN countries - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam and their six FTA partners China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.
Further reports stated that PM Modi is scheduled to attend bilateral meetings with Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison. He will depart from Don Mueang International Airport Bangkok to Delhi at 10 PM (local time) on Monday night.
PM Modi arrived in Bangkok for his 3-day visit to Thailand on Saturday. He interacted with the Indian diaspora during ‘Sawasdee PM Modi’ programme, later in the day. PM Modi participated in the ASEAN, East Asia, and RCEP summits. Earlier, the Secretary (East), Vijay Thakur had said that the PM is visiting Bangkok on the invitation of Prime Minister of Thailand.
Reached Thailand to take part in the ASEAN related Summits including the India-ASEAN Summit and other programmes. I look forward to interacting with world leaders as well as Thailand’s dynamic Indian community during this visit. pic.twitter.com/tSxEIwZ7el— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 2, 2019