India speeds up highway project connecting with ASEAN hinh anh 1An expressway in India (Photo: internet)

New Delhi (VNA) – India has proposed establishing a joint task force to study the expansion of a project on the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway connecting with Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

The proposal was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 14th ASEAN-India Summit in Laos on September 8, the Financial Express reported.

The trilateral highway project is expected be completed in the 2019-2020 period under the direct supervision of the Indian Foreign Ministry.

Once completed, the trilateral highway will open up economic and trade opportunities as well as create further connectivity and integration between India and ASEAN countries.

The four-lane highway is part of a project connecting to the ASEAN East-West Corridor and is regarded an important route linking India and Southeast Asia and beyond.

The 3,200km-long trilateral highway departs from Moreh town, the Indian state of Manipur to end Mae Sot of Thailand via Myanmar’s Tamu, Kalewa, Yargyi, Monya , Mandalay, Meiktila and Myawaddy.-VNA