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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Thai and New Zealand counterparts in Bangkok this morning. 

Dr Jaishankar is on a two-day visit to Thailand to attend key ministerial meetings of the regional forums of ASEAN, Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) and East Asia Summit.

In a tweet, the External Affairs Minister said, during the meeting with ASEAN Chair and India Country Coordinator, Thailand Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, discussions were held on expanding the maritime partnership between the two countries besides BIMSTEC cooperation and partnering in ACMECS.

Dr Jaishankar said he also had a good conversation with New Zealand's Foreign Minister Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters on shared Indo-Pacific approach. The two leaders agreed to upgrade economic and political ties.

The External Affairs Ministry, in a release, said, Dr Jaishankar and his Thai counterpart will co-chair the ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting today. 

The participants at the meeting will also exchange views on important regional and international issues and on ways and means to further strengthen the ASEAN-India strategic partnership.

Dr Jaishankar will also co-chair the 10th MGC Ministerial Meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart in the afternoon.

Tomorrow, the Minister will take part in the 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting.

The 26th ASEAN Regional Forum will take place tomorrow afternoon.

Dr Jaishankar will also hold a number of bilateral meetings with his counterparts on the sidelines of the ASEAN-related multilateral meetings.




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