Singapore: Singapore has termed India as its close Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) partner and noted that relations with New Delhi are multi-faceted and on an upward trend.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who met visiting External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, noted that business links and trade between the two countries has increased and there is scope for further growth.

Lee also encouraged India to expand its collaboration with ASEAN and the East Asia Summit member countries beyond existing initiatives, a media report said.

Khurshid, who ends his three-day visit on Friday, also called on Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean.

Goh and Khurshid exchanged views on the security and economic outlook for the Asia-Pacific region. They also discussed ways to advance bilateral relations, and how the trade and investment between India and ASEAN can be improved.

Teo and Khurshid reaffirmed the close and multi-faceted bilateral relations between Singapore and India. The two leaders discussed how to further strengthen the cooperation between both countries, especially on the economic front.

(Agencies)

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