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Boosting Asean ties: Modi to visit Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore

New Delhi, May 28: As part of India’s efforts to boost ties with Southeast Asia under its Act East Policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore from May 29 to June 2. “Prime Minister’s official engagements in Jakarta and Singapore include bilateral meetings with the leadership, delegation level talks, meetings with the business and Indian communities,” the External Affairs M inistry said in a statement on Monday.

Modi will also address a CEOs forum and the Indian community in the southeast Asia’s largest nation. There are around 100,000 people of Indian origin and around 7,000 NRIs in Indonesia.

Indonesia is India’s largest trading partner within the Asean with bilateral trade standing at around $18 billion. Around 250,000 jobs have been created by Indian companies in Indonesia. On May 31, Modi will make a brief stopover in Malaysia on his way from Indonesia to Singapore. From Malaysia, Modi will reach Singapore on May 31 and will begin his engagements by visiting an India-Singapore Enterprise and Innovation Exhibition. (IANS)