Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand will pay a state visit to India from January 24-26 during which she will be the chief guest at the Republic Day ceremony.
This will her first visit to India since assuming office in August 2011. She would be accompanied by a high level Ministerial delegation, senior officials and a business delegation, a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said.
It said the visit was taking place in the backdrop of 65th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries as well as 20 years of India's enhanced engagement with the ASEAN (1992-2012).
During her stay in India, Shinawatra will call on President Pratibha Patil and Vice-President M Hamid Ansari, and will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who will also host an official banquet in her honour.
Her other engagements include a meeting with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna. She will also attend a business luncheon meeting being hosted jointly by apex industry bodies CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM.
Singh had visited Thailand in October 2009 to attend the 7th India-ASEAN Summit and the 4th East Asia Summit.
The statement said Thailand was a valuable partner for India in the South East Asian region. India's relations with Thailand, has been historically close and friendly. Steady expansion of cooperation between the two countries is marked by growing bilateral trade and two way investments, close cooperation in defence and security.
"The visit of Prime Minister Shinawatra is expected to provide further momentum to our multifaceted bilateral relationship. A number of MoUs/agreements in diverse fields are expected to be signed during the visit," the statement added.