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, defence and security, economic and commercial, connectivity, cultural, tourism and people-to-people ties,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.
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 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.
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.