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Singapore PM breaks tradition, takes bus to Delhi hotel

india Updated: Oct 04, 2016 09:03 IST
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Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong waves from a bus after arriving in New Delhi's International airport on Monday.(PTI)

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrived in New Delhi on Monday night. In a break from tradition, he opted to take a chartered bus to his hotel rather than an official entourage of official cars.

Prime Minister Loong, who is accompanied by his wife Ho Ching and a delegation comprising ministers, members of parliament and senior officials, was received by Union minister Rao Inderjit Singh at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host a luncheon in the honour of Prime Minister Loong and the two leaders will hold bilateral talks, which will followed by signing and exchange of three memorandums of understanding (MOU), including on cooperation in industrial property between the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Singapore’s Intellectual Property Office and on cooperation on establishment of a North East Skills Centre in Assam.

The Singaporean Prime Minister will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee, while External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will call on the visiting dignitary.

Later, Prime Minister Loong will also attend a reception hosted by the Singaporean diaspora living in India.

The visiting premier will also tour Udaipur in Rajasthan on October 5 and 6, where Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will call on him and also host a luncheon for Prime Minister Loong.

An agreement on a capacity building programme in tourism and hospitality will be signed between the Rajasthan government and Singapore’s Cooperation Enterprise.

Prime Minister Loong last visited India in December 2012 to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit.