Bangkok (Thailand) | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Bangkok on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit here and held a delegation-level meeting, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement.

The MEA also said that the Prime Minister was accompanied by External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and other dignitaries.

The MEA said that PM Modi and Abe welcomed the increasing economic engagement between the two countries and agreed that dialogue will help provide impetus to the bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two countries.

“The leaders welcomed increasing economic engagement between the two countries, propelled by high-level exchanges. The leaders also reviewed progress on Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail project and reaffirmed commitment to facilitate the smooth implementation of the project,” said the MEA in a statement on Monday.

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“The leaders (PM Modi-Japan PM Shinzo Abe) welcomed inaugural 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue which will take place later this month in India. They agreed dialogue will help provide impetus to the bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two sides,” the statement further said.

Earlier, PM Modi also met his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha. During his meeting with Prayut, he discussed about defence ties between the two nations and ways to boost trade ties.

“India and Thailand are close maritime neighbours having historical and cultural linkages. In the contemporary context, India’s ?Act East’ policy is complimented by Thailand’s ?Look West’ policy which has made the relationship deep, robust and multifaceted,” the MEA said.

The Prime Minister is in Bangkok to attend the ASEAN summit as well as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit, where the leaders of the member countries will review the state of negotiations which are ongoing in Bangkok currently and will continue over the next few days.

He is also scheduled to attend several bilaterals including with Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

PM Modi is slated to depart from Don Mueang International Airport Bangkok to Delhi at 10 pm (local time).

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma