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India and Thailand are bound by close bonds of history, geography and culture.

Our peoples share civilisational links dating back to several centuries . These links are reflected in religion, language, art & architecture, dance, drama and literature. Indian traders, priests and missionaries have visited Siam since long time ago. Hinduism and Buddhism have been absorbed in various aspects of daily life in Thailand. The Thai language incorporates Pali and Sanskrit influence.

India and Thailand celebrated 60 years of their diplomatic relations in 2007. In the post-cold war era, India's 'Look East' policy (since 1993) and Thailand's 'Look West' policy (since 1996) have been complementary in consolidating bilateral relations including economic & commercial linkages.

India's partnership with Thailand also has a strong regional dimension in the context of India's growing engagement with ASEANand membership of groupings such as BIMSTEC, Mekong Ganga Cooperation ( MGC) and Asia Cooperation Dialogue ( ACD).

In recent years, the political relationship has become much closer as reflected in a series of high level visits by the leaders of the two countries.

The mutual political goodwill and close people-to-people contacts are complemented by a rapidly growing economic and business partnership.

There is a large community of Indian origin living and working in Thailand for several generations. A growing number of Thai tourists visit India on regular pilgrimages to places of Buddhist interest in India. In 2008 more than half a million tourists visited Thailand. There are more than 100 flight connections a week between India and Thailand.

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