As part of the Central Government's Act East Policy (AEP), Northeast India is being established as a gateway to Southeast Asia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, adding that plans are on cards to create seamless connectivity between Thailand, Myanmar and northeast India in the years to come.
At the ' Sawasdee PM Modi ' event in Bangkok, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Indian community on Saturday, stressing that connectivity between Thailand, Myanmar and North East India will be seamless once the trilateral highway is built.
"Our focus is to connect India's North East with Thailand. North East is being developed as a gateway to Southeast Asia. This initiative will immensely strengthen India's Act East Policy and Thailand's Act West Policy," PM Modi said in his address at the 'Sawasdee PM Modi' event.
“This is my first official visit to Thailand, and I can see a lot of Indianness in various aspects in this country, be it culture, food habits or social values...The entire world celebrated Diwali along with India, and I can see that it was the case here too,” he said.
In his nearly 50-minute address, PM Modi also spoke on a range of issues including his government's welfare initiatives, his return to power with a larger mandate in the Lok Sabha elections, Indian economy's capacity, Indian diaspora's significance in the country's overall growth, and how India is emerging as a "major power" globally.
PM Modi also said that India, in a clear reference to the removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and the reorganization of the country, removed a major reason behind the seeds of extremism and separatism.
Roughly 5,000 people accepted the remarks of the prime minister on Kashmir at an Indian diaspora conference in this busy Thai capital city with laud applause and a standing ovation.
“You are aware that India has decided to eliminate a big reason behind sowing of seeds of terrorism and separatism,” Modi said.
“When a decision is right, its echo is heard across the globe. And I can hear it in Thailand as well,” he said at the ‘Sawasdee PM Modi’ event at an indoor stadium in central Bangkok.
The government maintained that Article 370 providing Jammu and Kashmir with special status was a factor behind the state's violence and separatism.
While people stood up and praised his remarks, Modi said the standing ovation was for India's parliament and parliamentarians and that their blessings would further energize Indian lawmakers to work harder for the country.
“Your standing ovation will further energize our Parliamentarians. It is a salute to India’s Parliament,” he said.
PM Modi also traced historical and cultural links between India and Thailand in his speech, saying that the relationship has always been of ' heart and soul. '
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