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Krishna meets Singaporean PM, discusses bilateral issues

india Updated: Mar 25, 2010 22:00 IST

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Thursday met Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and discussed with him ways to strengthen bilateral relations, especially trade ties.

Krishna, who is in Singapore for a regular high-level consultation, arrived on Tuesday at the invitation of Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo.

During his two-day visit here, Krishna is scheduled to meet top officials of the Singapore government including Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Professor S Jayakumar, and Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean.

Among the key issues to be taken up during his deliberations with the top officials is strengthening of trade ties through further relaxation of trade procedures.

Indian and Singaporean officials are set to review the 2005 Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), aiming to further relaxing bilateral trade procedures.

The CECA review, preliminary work on which has already started, would be officially launched in New Delhi during Singapore's Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang visits within April or May, Indian High Commissioner here Dr T C A Raghavan said.

Krishna is also scheduled to visit the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Commenting on Krishna's visit, Raghavan said "the high-level ministerial visits are a regular feature between India and Singapore on updating the two countries on the global economic scenarios as well as bilateral issues."