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Originally published Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

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Gregoire wants to improve trade with India

Gov. Chris Gregoire says she wants to see India become one of the state's top 5 trading partners.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

Gov. Chris Gregoire says she wants to see India become one of the state's top 5 trading partners.

Gregoire is on a 10-day trade mission to India and South Korea to meet with government officials and business leaders

Gregoire, who talked with reporters by phone from Hyderabad on Wednesday, said she has signed a sister-state agreement with the chief minister of the state of Andrah Pradesh, which in part pledges that the two states will work together on developing trade and investment opportunities.

Last year, India was Washington state's 24th largest export market for goods..

Also Wednesday, Gregoire said she, along with officials from Seattle-based global health organization SightLife, helped open a new corneal tissue cutting center at the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India. The center will provide advanced eye surgeries for thousands of people a year.

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