Narendra Modi (File Image)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday India wants to transform the Northeast as a gateway to Southeast Asia.

This he said would to strengthen the country’s ‘deep friendly and historical relationship’ with Thailand.

Modi addressed thousands of people of Indian origin in Bangkok’s Nimibutr Stadium at the ‘Sawasdee PM Modi’ event.

Modi also hailed India’s ties with Thailand and talked about the similarities between the two cultures.

Modi reiterated his government’s endeavour to strengthen ties with ASEAN countries.

He said the opening of the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway will give seamless connectivity between northeast India and Thailand.

This will increase trade in this region as well as tourism and tradition, he also said, according to reports.

‘Sawasdee PM Modi’ is being organised by Thai Indians along with the Indian embassy in Bangkok. ‘Sawasdee’, derived from Sanskrit word ‘svasti’ or well being, is used by Thai people for greetings and goodbye.

Saturday’s event comes after the mega ‘Howdy, Modi!’ outreach programme in the US’ Houston on September 23 attended by more than 50,000 people.

Modi is in Thailand on a three-day visit to take part in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), East Asia, and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summits.

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