World News | MoS Ranjan Singh, Prime Minister of New Zealand to participate in 1st India Business Summit 2023

Union Minister Rajkumar Ranjan Singh with New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins (Photo/X)

New Delhi [India]September 30 (ANI): In his first official visit to New Zealand, Minister of State (MoS) Rajkumar Ranjan Singh participated in the 1st India Business Summit 2023 along with New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.

The summit was jointly organized by the High Commission of India in Wellington and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

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Singh was on an official visit to New Zealand from September 24 to 29.

At the summit, the MoS shared his views on India’s economic growth and enhancing bilateral ties between India and New Zealand.​​

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The MoS held bilateral meetings with New Zealand’s Minister for Ethnic Communities and Voluntary Affairs Priyanka Radhakrishnan and Education Minister John Tinetti. The two sides discussed various issues related to bilateral cooperation and agreed that increased high-level engagements in the past year have led to a positive impetus in relations, the MEA said, and the scope for further development of cooperation in the field of education. The welfare of Indian students was also discussed.

The MoS held interactions with academics and think tanks, calling for enhanced collaboration between academic institutions. He interacted with Indian students and members of the diaspora, acknowledging and appreciating their contribution to strengthening business, cultural and people-to-people ties between India and New Zealand.

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Singh is on an official visit to Dili, Timor from September 30 to October 3.

The trip will mark the first high-level visit from India to Timor-Leste since 2018.

During the visit, the MoS will meet Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister K Rala Sanana Gusmao. According to an announcement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday, the MoS will also meet the Southeast Asian country’s Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Bendito dos Santos Freitas and Trade and Industry Minister Philipp Nino Pereira.

Singh also meets heads of some United Nations agencies and organizations. The External Affairs Minister will then interact with members of the Indian community and participate in the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations.

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the 20th ASEAN-India Summit in Jakarta, announced the opening of the Indian Embassy in Delhi.

“Act East in Action – Delhi to Delhi! Prime Minister @narendramodi announces decision to open our Embassy in Timor-Leste, Dili at the ASEAN-India Summit held in Jakarta,” MEA official spokesperson Arindam Baxi posted on X after PM Modi’s announcement.

Dili is the capital of Timor-Leste, or East Timor, located on the north coast of the country. The city is significant as it commemorates the country’s struggles for independence from Portugal and Indonesia.

India’s decision to open an embassy in Delhi shows its commitment to the Act East policy, the MEA said.

An ASEAN summit in Cambodia announced that Timor-Leste would be accepted as the group’s 11th member state „in principle”.

The country will be accorded observer status at ASEAN meetings, including the summit.

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The announcement comes more than a decade after Timor-Leste requested membership. The statement said there would be an „objective criteria-based roadmap” for full membership of Timor-Leste.

It added that „in theory Timor-Leste should be admitted as the 11th member of ASEAN”.

The federation decided to „grant observer status to Timor-Leste and allow it to participate in all ASEAN meetings, including the closing meetings of the summit.”

Leaders discussed the matter at a plenary session in the Cambodian capital. (ANI)

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