The visits paved the way for expansion of trade ties with the countries of the region even as India announced the setting up of a separate mission for ASEAN with a full time ambassador.

The Prime Minister was in Brunei from Oct 9-10 for the ASEAN-India Summit and the East Asia Summit.

Manmohan Singh then went to Jakarta on a bilateral visit during which he and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono witnessed the signing of memorandums of understanding on health, disaster mitigation and combating corruption, narcotics and illicit drugs.

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