Modi arrives in Singapore

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Singapore, May 31 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here from Malaysia on Thursday on the third and last leg of his three-nation tour of southeast Asia.

“Apart from meeting the top leadership of Singapore, he would also deliver the keynote address at the 18th Shangri-La Dialogue,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

Earlier in the day, Modi made a brief stopover in Kuala Lumpur where he met newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

“The two leaders had a productive exchange of views on strengthening our strategic partnership,” Kumar said.

Modi congratulated Mahathir on assuming office.

Mahathir, who governed Malaysia for more than two decades, became, at the age of 92, the world’s oldest elected leader earlier this month.

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Later on Thursday, Modi will attend a business and community event in Singapore and also take part in a business round table with CEOs.

On Friday, Modi will call on Singapore President Halimah Yacob and then hold a summit with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

In the evening, he will deliver the keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue, becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to do so in the Track I annual inter-governmental security forum.

–IANS

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