11 July 2024

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will leave for Nepal on Thursday for the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) Summit on Aug 30-31 in Kathmandu, deputy government spokesman Lt Gen Weerachon Sukondhapatipak said.

His entourage will include Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan.

Gen Prayut and the leaders of other countries attending the summit will pay a courtesy call on Bidhya Devi Bhandari, the president of Nepal, and have a luncheon banquet at the Presidential Palace.

They will then attend the 4th Bimstec Summit at the Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The spokesman said Gen Prayut will deliver a speech on regional cooperation and connectivity, trade and investment.

The Thai prime minister and other leaders will join a gala dinner to be hosted by Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in the city’s Hyatt Regency Hotel on Thursday evening.

On Friday, Gen Prayut will hold a meeting with Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, and later with KP Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, after which he will return to Bangkok.

Bimstec is a sub-regional organisation established on June 6, 1997 through the Bangkok Declaration. It comprises seven member states — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand.