Jaishankar offers prayers at Hindu temple in Thailand


New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Thursday offered prayers at a Hindu temple during his visit to Bangkok and highlighted “shared religious and cultural traditions” of the two countries.

The Minister has been on an official visit to Bangkok from 16-18 August to co-chair the 9th Meeting of India-Thailand Joint Commission (JCM) with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand Don Pramudwinai.

“Offered prayers this morning at the Devasthana of Bangkok. Received the blessings of Phra Maharajaguru Vidhi. Underlines our shared religious and cultural traditions,” Jaishankar said in a tweet.

“The JCM was held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere. Both Ministers discussed wide ranging issues of mutual interest and reviewed the progress made in various areas, including political, defense and security, economic and commercial, connectivity, cultural, tourism and people-to-people ties,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.

The Ministers welcomed the ongoing activities to celebrate the historic occasion of 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Thailand.

Both sides also exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest and reiterated their commitment to further strengthen the multi-dimensional partnership that exist between the two countries.

The JCM was preceded by the Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) held on August 16 where the two sides held detailed discussions on various areas of bilateral cooperation along with regional and multilateral issues.

The Minister addressed and interacted with the Indian Community in Thailand and spoke about the special occasion of the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence which also coincided with the 75th anniversary of establishment of India-Thailand diplomatic relations, the MEA said.

The Minister also invited the India community in Thailand to contribute actively in forging strong economic and commercial ties alongwith cultural and people to people exchanges between the two countries.

He also highlighted the initiatives of the government aimed at facilitating the Indian diaspora and bringing them closer to India.

The Minister called on Gen. Prayut Chan-o-Cha, the Prime Minister of Thailand and conveyed personal greetings and good wishes from Prime Minister Modi.

The Minister also congratulated the Thai Prime Minister on the occasion of 75th anniversary of establishment of India-Thailand diplomatic relations and apprised him of the progress in bilateral and multilateral cooperation. They also exchanged views on the key regional and global developments.

Dr Jaishankar and Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, jointly inaugurated the newly constructed Embassy Residence and Residential Complex.

Dr Jaishankar delivered a public talk on “India’s Vision of the Indo-Pacific” at the prestigious Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

The talk was well attended by members of Thai academia including researchers, scholars, think-tanks and students. The talk was followed by Question and Answer session.

During the visit of the Minister to Thailand he along with Thailand’s DPM and Foreign Minister signed Agreed Minutes of JCM, which will guide further course of bilateral relations.

Both ministers also witnessed signing of MoUs on Health and Medical Research Cooperation between Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India and Department of Medical Sciences (DMS), Thailand; and another MoU for Cooperation and Collaboration on Broadcasting between Prasar Bharti, India and Thai Public Broadcasting Service of Thailand.

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