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India, Thailand agree to expedite work

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, June 17 - India and Thailand have agreed to expedite the completion of the proposed trilateral highway that is likely to boost communication linkage between the North Eastern States and South East Asia.

A joint statement signed at the end of bilateral visit by Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is accompanied by his spouse Associate Professor Naraporn Chan-o-cha said that both the Prime Ministers noted with satisfaction the progress in regional connectivity efforts such as the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway and agreed to expedite the completion of the project as well as to expedite negotiations on the India-Myanmar-Thailand Motor Vehicles Agreement.

Later addressing a joint press conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said both the countries were fully aware that smooth flow of goods, services, capital and human resources between the economies needs a strong network of air, land and sea links. �We have, therefore, prioritised completion of India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway; and early signing of the Motor Vehicles Agreement between our three countries.�

�Connectivity is also an area of priority for India�s development. Improving access to Southeast Asia from our North Eastern States benefits both our people,� Modi said.

The two leaders also agreed to commence the negotiation on the Air Service Agreement. They agreed that the completion of the Highway and the Agreement will facilitate not only trade but also people-to-people linkages, the joint statement said.

Both the Prime Ministers proposed that India-Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Car Rally will be organised in November this year. Thailand would extend assistance as seen appropriate to make it a success.

On regional cooperation, the two leaders expressed their desire to further enhance the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership. The Prime Ministers noted that the establishment of the ASEAN Community last year has been a historic event and hoped that it will be an important step towards greater integration and prosperity in all dimensions.

With a view to underscore the significance of sub-regional frameworks, the Prime Ministers viewed that developing the Mekong-India Economic Corridor would complement ASEAN well.

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