Bangkok, Nov 10 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his way to Japan, arrived in the Thai capital on Thursday for a brief stopover to pay homage to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-ruling monarch, who died last month.
Modi laid a wreath and paid his respects to the mortal remains of the late king, whose body has been kept at the Grand Palace complex in Bangkok. The king's cremation is likely to take place next year, amid reports that it may happen beyond the official one-year period of mourning.
Tokyo, via Bangkok! PM lands in the Thai capital, where he will lay a wreath & pay final respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej pic.twitter.com/4arhBdg9MA— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) November 10, 2016
Modi also inscribed "a message of condolence at the Grand Palace in Bangkok" while "paying tributes to one of Asia's tallest leaders", External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
Paying tribute to one of Asia's tallest leaders. PM lays wreath, pays respects to the mortal remains of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej pic.twitter.com/oecycmq1yU— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) November 10, 2016
After the Bangkok stopover, Modi is scheduled to land in Tokyo for a three-day Japan visit during which the two countries are expected hold talks on boosting ties in areas like trade, investment and security.