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Lee’s funeral: Modi to join world leaders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join several world leaders, including Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the former U.S. President Bill Clinton, at the funeral service for Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, even as India marks an official day of mourning on Sunday.

Mr. Modi, who flew to Singapore on Saturday evening, will return to Delhi on Sunday after attending the funeral and meeting Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and the former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. He will personally condole with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s son, at the funeral.

Mr. Modi is accompanied by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and senior officials. After his return, he will begin preparations for his next international foray, a nine-day visit to Europe and Canada from April 9. On Saturday, he tweeted his expectations from the visit, saying “My France, Germany and Canada visit is centred around supporting India’s economic agenda & creating jobs for our youth.”

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