Singapore is a valuable strategic partner in India’s Act East Policy. A new dimension was added to these ties with an emphasis on Fintech and strengthening defence and strategic ties.
Talks between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Lee Hsien Loong led to the signing of 8 agreements between the two sides which covered areas as wide as military cooperation and connectivity.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong added a new chapter in India-Singapore ties. The two leaders held wide-ranging discussions on regional and global issues of mutual interests. They reviewed bilateral economic ties and agreed to build on defence cooperation.
Prime Minister Modi said that the strategic partnership between India and Singapore has stood the test of time in the real sense. He hailed the close defence cooperation between the two countries and welcomed the completion of the logistics agreement between the two navies.
1) Naval cooperation
2) Economic co-operation
6) Combating Narcotics smuggling & Human Trafficking
7) Personnel Management and Public Administration
8) MoU between the NITI Aayog and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) on Cooperation in the Field of Planning
At the bilateral talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented his Singaporean counterpart a replica of 6th-century Buddhagupta Stele that bears Sanskrit phrases and symbolises the transmission of Buddhism from India to Southeast Asia.
He also called on President Halimah Yacob. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a Ceremonial reception at the Istana Palace.
In a special gesture, PM Modi also handed over the Padma Shri to former Singaporean diplomat Prof Tommy Koh. Koh was among 10 ASEAN receipts of the prestigious award this year.