PM Lee to visit India; trade, investment ties in focus in meeting with Narendra Modi

The Singapore leader is likely to be accompanied by his wife Ho Ching and a number of delegates

PM Lee to visit India from 3 October, will meet Narendra Modi
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shakes hands with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) at the Istana in Singapore November 24, 2015. Reuters

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will embark on a five-day trip to India on 3 October to strengthen ties between the two countries.

"At the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong will pay an official visit to India onOctober 3-7," the External Affairs Ministry said in an official statement.

The Singapore leader is likely to be accompanied by his wife Ho Ching and a number of delegates, including some key ministers.

According to the Press Trust of India, PM Lee will hold bilateral talks with his Indian counterpart. Both the leaders are also looking forward to strengthen ties in a range of areas including trade and investment.

PM Lee is also scheduled to meet Indian president Pranab Mukherjee and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, reported the news agency.

The Singaporean Prime Minister's delegation is expected to have Minister of Trade and Industry S Iswaran, Acting Minister of Education and Senior Minister of State for Defence, Ong Ye Kung, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Maliki Bin Osman.

Members of Parliament Denise Phua and Vikram Nair are also likely to join PM Lee.

The Singaporean leader will also visit the desert state of Rajasthan on 5 October and 6 October.

Meanwhile, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee is also expected to pay a visit to Singapore.

On 15 August, in a congratulatory message to India on its 70th Independence Day, President Tony Tan Keng Yam said that he looks forward to host his Indian counterpart in the near future.

"With fond memories of the warm hospitality extended to my delegation when I visited India last February, I look forward to receiving Your Excellency in Singapore in the near future," said Tan, as reported by the PTI.

PM Lee's visit comes a month after Modi's visit to Singapore following the India-Asean and East Asia summits in Kuala Lumpur.