Modi to release Thirukkural in Thai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is expressing his love for Tamil and Tamil Nadu in multiple occasions, will release the Thai translated version of Thirukkural in Thailand.

Modi, who left for his visit to Bangkok today, will release the Thai version of Thirukkural at a glittering ceremony to be attended by top international personalities.

The PM today said India will consider whether its concerns and interests in trade in goods, services, and investments are being fully accommodated when he attends the meeting of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership there.

In a statement, the PM said during the visit, he will also hold bilateral meetings with a number of other world leaders present at Bangkok for related summit meetings.

He added: “The ASEAN-related summits are an integral part of our diplomatic calendar, and an important element in our Act East Policy. Our partnership with ASEAN is built around the key pillars of connectivity, capacity-building, commerce and culture.”

Modi will attend the 16th ASEAN-India Summit on November 3. He will take part in the 14th East Asia Summit and the 3rd Summit meeting of nations negotiating a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement on November 4.

Modi said that in January 2018, India had celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Dialogue Partnership with ASEAN in a special commemorative Summit in New Delhi where leaders of all 10 ASEAN states were chief guests at the Republic Day parade.

He said he will be reviewing with ASEAN partners, India cooperative activities, and examining plans for strengthening ASEAN and ASEAN-led mechanisms, enhancing connectivity (sea, land, air, digital and people-to-people), deepening economic partnerships, and expanding maritime cooperation.

“We will be reviewing significant regional and global issues on the Agenda of the EAS, and examining the state of our current programmes and projects. I will also focus on our Indo-Pacific strategy, on which I am happy to note strong convergences with ASEAN partners and others at the EAS,” the PM said.