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Krishna to discuss bilateral issues in Singapore

world Updated: Mar 24, 2010 20:11 IST

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India and Singapore will review bilateral ties, including further relaxation of trade procedures, when External Affairs Minister S M Krishna meets top Singaporean leaders in Singapore tomorrow.

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

The official two-day visit will start from tomorrow when he calls on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 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.

Yeo would also meet his Indian counterpart and host him to dinner at the Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore's latest entertainment complex on the Sentosa islet, the Singapore Foreign Ministry said in a statement today.

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

Commenting on Krishna's visit, Indian High Commissioner Dr T C A 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."

Indian and Singapore officials are also 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, he added.