P.S. Suryanarayana

SINGAPORE: Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo will begin a four-day visit to Tamil Nadu on Thursday, signalling an expansion of the City-State's ties with India, according to official sources.

Travelling at the invitation of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Mr. Yeo, who will arrive in Chennai from Saudi Arabia, is scheduled to meet several Tamil Nadu leaders.

Economic links

Singapore's growing economic interactions with Tamil Nadu and larger security-related ties with India are high on Mr. Yeo's agenda.

“Traditionally, our [Singapore] leaders often go to New Delhi. Mr. Yeo's visit to Chennai is a reflection of the importance of Tamil Nadu's economic links with Singapore,” the sources said.

Mr. Yeo will open the YCH DistriPark in the Chennai Special Economic Zone. The YCH Group is Singapore's home-grown provider of supply-chain solutions in the overall sector of business logistics. Singapore looks upon the project as a symbol of the currently “flourishing economic ties” with India.

Mr. Yeo will visit several places besides Chennai in Tamil Nadu.