Visit of Mr. Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara Thailand to India

Feb 28: At the invitation of the External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar, H.E. Mr. Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, is paying an official visit to India from 25-28 February 2024. This is Mr Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara’s first official visit to India after assuming the office of the Deputy PM and Foreign Minister.

On 27 February, the External Affairs Minister co-chaired the 10th Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) with the Thai Deputy PM and Foreign Minister and hosted a lunch in his honour. During the JCM, the two Ministers reviewed progress in wide-ranging areas of bilateral cooperation, including in defence and security, trade and investment, connectivity, science and technology, health, culture and people-to-people exchanges. The two Ministers also exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest. They expressed commitment to further enhance cooperation in sub-regional, regional and multilateral platforms, especially within the framework of ASEAN, BIMSTEC, MGC, ACMECS and IMT-GT.

The two Ministers expressed their commitment towards strengthening the India-Thailand partnership. They also noted a convergence of India’s Act East Policy, which is marking its 10th year in 2024, and the Act West Policy of Thailand. External Affairs Minister welcomed Thailand’s decision to co-lead the Maritime Ecology Pillar of the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI). Both Ministers reaffirmed their resolve to work together to advance the initiative.

Thai Deputy PM and Foreign Minister expressed appreciation to India for sending the Holy Relics of Lord Buddha together with his two disciples, Arahata Sariputra and Arahata Maudgalyayana to Thailand for exposition which will allow millions of Thai nationals to pay reverence.

During the JCM, the following documents were signed/exchanged: (i) Agreed Minutes; and (ii) MoU between the National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur of the Ministry of Ayush, India and the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine of the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand on the Establishment of an Academic Collaboration in Ayurveda and Thai Traditional Medicine.

During this visit, the Thai Deputy PM and Foreign Minister also called on the Vice President, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar.

The India-Thailand partnership has expanded to diverse areas of cooperation and come to acquire multi-dimensional facets. The visit of the Thai Deputy PM and Foreign Minister to India is part of the ongoing high-level exchanges and has contributed to further strengthening of the civilizational bonds between the two friends and maritime neighbours.

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