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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Singapore's PM, defence minister to visit tsunami-hit Indonesian cities

SINGAPORE : Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean will on Tuesday visit the Indonesian cities of Medan, Banda Aceh and Meulaboh, areas where most of Singapore's relief personnel are stationed.

As part of the second phase of its relief efforts in the tsunami-battered country, Singapore is sending four more Chinook helicopters to Indonesia.

Mr Teo says that Singapore is responding to an urgent need for heavy-lift helicopters to ferry supplies to the least accessible disaster areas.

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