PM arrives in Malaysia

During his stay here, Singh will hold talks with his Malaysian counterpart Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak. The two sides will sign a number of pacts and announce conclusion of negotiations on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), which covers range of trade aspects, including investment, services and customs. Singh is accompanied by his wife Gursharan Kaur and a high-level delegation.

Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry Latha Reddy had earlier said the agreement was expected to be a high quality pact that will be mutually-beneficial. The agreement is expected to be signed in March next year.

Earlier, during Singh's visit to Japan, the two sides yesterday announced the firming up of Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, which will open trade between the two countries and slashing of taxes up to 94 per cent over the next decade.

Singh had a tight schedule in Tokyo which included talks with his Japanese counterpart Naoto Kan, leaders from business and politics during which they discussed ways to further improve their ties. Singh said "sky is the limit" for developing Japan- India relations, a proposition which is close to his heart.

Summing up Singh's Japan visit, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said the two Prime Ministers had "comprehensive" discussions and felt the need for developing all encompassing relations covering political, economy and security aspects.

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