PM arrives in Singapore to discuss bilaterial ties

  • PTI, Singapore
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  • Updated: Nov 19, 2011 20:33 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday arrived in Singapore on a two-day visit as part of a two-nation tour aimed at pushing the 'Look East' policy.

Singh will hold talks with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on deepening economic, trade, cultural and people-to-people relations.

Singapore is India's largest trading partner in ASEAN, and the second largest investor in India and was the first country with which India signed a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement in 2005.

Singh will also unveil a 'Friend of our Shore' marker and bust of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in Singapore.

The marker is located at the Asian Civilisations Museum, on a green stretch along with Singapore River. It is a historically significant area in Singapore as it was on the banks of this river that modern Singapore began to build its reputation.

So far, four personalities -- Polish-English writer Joseph Conrad, Father of modern Vietnam Ho Chih Min, Filipino revolutionary leader Jose Rizal, and former Chinese Communist party leader Deng Xiaoping have been given this decoration.

The Prime Minister arrived here after a three-day visit to Bali, where he attended the India-ASEAN meet and East Asia Summit, besides holding talks with US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao.

At the East Asia Summit today, Singh cited the Eurozone crisis and pitched for greater economic integration between India and East Asia to contribute to the world economy.


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