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Modi in Bangkok HIGHLIGHTS: Developing North East India as gateway to South East Asia, says PM

PM Modi in Bangkok: "I look forward to interacting with world leaders as well as Thailand’s dynamic Indian community during this visit," Modi had tweeted earlier in the day.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Bangkok on Saturday. (Twitter/@narendramodi)

PM Narendra Modi in Bangkok LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Thailand, addressed the Indian diaspora at the ‘Sawasdee PM Modi’ community event in Bangkok on Saturday. “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,” Modi had tweeted earlier in the day.

The Prime Minister, who arrived at the invitation of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, will attend the 16th ASEAN-India summit, the 14th East Asia Summit and third RCEP summit and related events, Secretary (East) Vijay Thakur Singh had announced on Thursday.

Negotiations for resolving outstanding issues on RCEP are going on in Bangkok, she said, adding the leaders will review the state of negotiations at the summit. The RCEP bloc comprises 10 ASEAN group members (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam) and their six FTA partners.

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PM Modi addresses Indian community in Bangkok

"We are fortunate that India has shown our gratitude to her through Padma Bhushan award and Sanskrit Samman," Modi added.

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PM Modi arrives at Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok

PM Modi arrives at the ‘Sawasdee PM Modi’ community event at Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok.

'Look forward to interacting with Indians in Thailand': PM Modi

"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," PM Modi had tweeted earlier in the day.

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The crowd arrives at Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok for ‘Sawasdee PM Modi’ event.

Modi in Bangkok: PM to address Indian community shortly

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Thailand, will address the Indian diaspora at the ‘Sawasdee PM Modi’ community event in Bangkok shortly. Follow our live blog for all the latest updates.