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Thai ambassador for road link to NE

(L-R) Thai ambassador to India Krit Kraichitti with state chief minister Neiphiu Rio in Kohima Thursday. (DIPR)
Correspondent/PTI KOHIMA, FEB 4:
Published on 5 Feb. 2010 12:41 AM IST
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Thai ambassador to India Krit Kraichitti Thursday insisted on development of land connectivity between North-East India and Thailand for enhancing bilateral ties in areas of trade, investment, tourism and culture. During his visit to Kigwema village here to experience grass-root level democratic functioning in Nagaland, the Thai ambassador to India said, “The existing land connectivity from Nagaland to Thailand via Myanmar should be developed at the earliest.”India’s ‘Look East’ policy and Thailand’s ‘Look West’ initiatives have many common interests and there are vast areas where people and governments of North-East, particularly Nagaland, could contribute towards enhancing bilateral ties between the two countries, he said. The ambassador said a lot of similarities existed between villages of Nagaland and hilly north-eastern part of Thailand. He also expressed deep appreciation to the government of Nagaland for the invitation extended to him to visit the state. Kraichitte said that the objective of his visit was to promote the long established cultural, historical and ethnic ties between Thailand and India. Thai ambassador, on his maiden visit to Nagaland, was accompanied by his wife and other Thai dignitaries-- Tharadoi Thongruang, Councilor, Office of the commercial Affairs, New Delhi, N. Laobooncharoen and C. Menasveta both First Secretary, Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi. The Ambassador was accorded a warm traditional welcome and interacted with the villagers. He said that Thailand was keen to promote cooperation in developing environmental and natural resources. Village leaders of Kigwema also briefed the visiting dignitaries about the implementation of Village Development Boards and Communalization at the grass-root level. The program was chaired by Advisor, IT & TE, Vikho-o Yhoshu. Later in the day, the Thai Ambassador called upon state governor Nikhil Kumar and chief minister Neiphiu Rio. Rio briefed Kraichitte about the vast potential of the state, and expressed hopes of building further social and cultural ties with Thailand. Minister for Agricultural, Dr. Chumben Murry also briefly highlighted the agricultural scenario in the State.

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