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President Kalam leaves for 3-nation tour

January 31, 2006 17:10 IST

President A P J Abdul Kalamon Tuesdayleft on a 10-day tour of Singapore, the Philippines and South Korea as part of India's efforts to provide a new impetus to its 'Look East Policy'.

Kalam was seen off at the airport by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his cabinet colleagues, chiefs ofthe three defence services andsenior bureaucrats.

Amongthose present at the airport were Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Law Minister Hansraj Bhardwaj, newly appointed Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma, Home Secretary V K Duggal and Delhi Police Commissioner K K Paul.

Kalam begins his tour with a three-day visit to Singapore, where the two countrieswill hold discussions on the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement signed last year.

The Presidentwill thenbe visiting the Philippines from February3 to February6 and Republic of Korea (South
Korea) between February6 and February 9.

Leading a high-level delegation, including Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, the President will have wide-ranging discussions with Presidents and prime ministers of the three countries, besides interacting with business leaders, intellectuals and student leaders there.

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