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Economic pact with Singapore

New Delhi, July 10: India and Singapore have decided to finalise a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement that would help strengthen the growing economic and trade ties between the two nations.

Leaders of the two countries expressed satisfaction over the negotiation on the treaty and pushed for the early complet- ion of the discussions so that the agreement could be signed soon.

The two countries have also decided to sign a bilateral Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty on criminal matters and expressed hope that this would come into effect soon and enhance bilateral cooperation in the area of law enforcement.

These decisions were taken during the three-day visit of Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong to India, which ends tomorrow.

Goh shared the view of senior Indian leaders that terrorism and extremism were a threat to open and democratic societies such as Singapore and India. He called on the international community to combat the menace and deny sanctuary to terrorists and their organisations.

The two countries, in a joint statement issued today, also welcomed the institutionalisation of the bilateral joint working group on intelligence cooperation on combating terrorism and transnational organised crime.

The Singapore Prime Minister held a series of meetings with the Indian leadership, including President A.P.J. Abd-ul Kalam.

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