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Krishna's Singapore visit from Thursday

NEW DELHI: Aiming at enhancing relations under India\'s Look East Policy, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will leave for Singapore tomorrow on a two-day visit. During his visit, Kri

Published: 07th March 2012 08:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:31 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Aiming at enhancing relations under India's Look East Policy, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will leave for Singapore tomorrow on a two-day visit.

During his visit, Krishna would address the regional conference of Heads of Indian Missions in ASEAN countries.

"The two-day conference will review India's relations with the ASEAN countries and formulate strategies to enhance relations in the overall context of our Look East Policy," the MEA said in a statement.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Dialogue Partnership and 10th anniversary of Summit Level Partnership between India and ASEAN.

Krishna will also meet his Singapore counterpart K Shanmugam and deliver a public lecture at the Institute of South Asian Studies.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited Singapore on November 19-20 last year. Singh had emphasised that Singapore, largest trade and investment partner in ASEAN, is an important pillar of India's Look East Policy.

Combined with a good enabling environment, strong air connectivity and the presence of a large Indian community, Singapore has emerged as a key offshore logistic and financial hub for many Indian corporate houses.

There are estimated to be about 4,000 registered Indian companies in Singapore. The ethnic Indians constitute about 9.2 per cent of the total population of 5.1 million, including permanent residents.

Tamil is one of the four official languages of Singapore.



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