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Tamil Nadu and Singapore have a close relationship: Shanmugam

Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam wraps up his India trip with a meeting with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. They discussed long-standing socio-economic ties between both sides.

CHENNAI: Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam says Singapore and the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have a close relationship, both on the social and economic fronts. He said this to the media on Friday (July 4) as he wrapped up his five-day visit to India.

Mr Shanmugam met Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in Chennai in the afternoon. They discussed the socio-economic linkages which both sides have shared for decades.

Mr Shanmugam said Singapore's economic relations with Tamil Nadu are strong, with companies like Ascendas, Hyflux, DBS and PSA having a presence there.

Ms Jayalalithaa also shared her vision, identifying new areas of cooperation such as tourism, hospitality and service apartments, which Mr Shanmugam agreed with.

"The way forward would be for our respective officials to discuss (this) and ultimately, the decisions would have to be made by the private sectors. And we have to create a framework for the private sector to want to come and do it, and the opportunities are there. So if we are successful in creating the framework, investments will flow in. And we have agreed that we will try and do that," said the Foreign Minister.

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