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India, Singapore seek new areas of cooperation

Move comes ahead of celebrations marking 50 years of diplomatic ties

Published on Jul 3, 2014 10:23 AM
 
In their 30-minute meeting yesterday, visiting Singapore Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam (left) and Mr Narendra Modi discussed the possibility of working together in providing low-cost housing and river cleaning. -- PHOTO: AFP/ PIB

India and Singapore are starting a new chapter in bilateral ties and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen to open new areas of cooperation, including port management and river cleaning.

In their 30-minute meeting yesterday, visiting Singapore Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam and Mr Modi discussed the possibility of working together in providing low-cost housing and river cleaning. They also touched on celebrations to mark 50 years of diplomatic ties next year.

"We have done many big things together. It is a continuation of a journey in which many chapters have been written and this is another chapter," Mr Shanmugam told The Straits Times.

He also conveyed a message from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Mr Modi that ties "should be made even stronger through a series of concrete steps", according to the Indian Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

 
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