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Modi To Hold Talks With Malaysia, Singapore Prime Ministers

In Malaysia, Modi will be attending the ASEAN-India Summit on Saturday and the 10th East Asia Summit on Sunday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday night left for a four-day visit to Malaysia and Singapore, during which the focus would be on building trade ties and attracting investments to India.

"Leaving for Malaysia & Singapore. Will attend 2 crucial summits, participate in bilateral meetings & seek greater investment to India," the Prime Minister said in a tweet before his departure for Kuala Lumpur, on the first leg of his trip.

In Malaysia, Modi will be attending the ASEAN-India Summit on Saturday and the 10th East Asia Summit the next day, besides holding talks with Prime Minister Najib Razak and some other world leaders who would be attending the Summits.

He had said the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits are being held at a critical juncture and "together, we will discuss the pressing security issues. The looming threat of terror and the prevailing situation in West Asia will also be a part of the discussions."

In Singapore, Modi will hold deliberations with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on ways to enhance bilateral ties on the occasion of commemoration of 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

"My visits to Malaysia and Singapore are aimed at making our economic ties with these nations stronger and to also strengthen the security cooperation between us," Modi has said in a series of Facebook posts.

Talking about Malaysia, the Prime Minister had said it is "at the core of our 'Act East Policy'."

"India's partnership with ASEAN nations has gathered immense momentum over the years... We want to further scale up our trade and economic ties. I will expand on the need for closer economic cooperation and investment opportunities in India at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit..," he said.

"The ASEAN nations have welcomed India's 'Act East Policy' and we in India are extremely enthusiastic to have better relations with the ASEAN family in areas such as defence, security and cultural ties.

"Robust India-ASEAN ties will give great impetus to our collective dream of making this century an 'Asian Century'," Modi had said.

With regard to the East Asia Summit, he said India attaches a lot of importance to it.