Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, visited the Changi Naval Base in Singapore and met officers and sailors of the Indian Navy and Royal Singapore Navy. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Defence Md. Maliki Osman.
Modi, who is on his 5-day ASEAN visit to boost Act East Policy, is on the last leg of his tour to Singapore.
“25 years of uninterrupted naval exercises and growing naval cooperation! PM @narendramodi with Senior Minister of State for Defence Md. Maliki Osman and other dignitaries on-board the RSS Formidable Frigate of the Singapore Navy,” External Affairs Ministry Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi also interacted with the officers and sailors on board the Indian Navy’s Shivalik class stealth frigate INS Satpura.
“Proud to be with our naval sentinels! PM @narendramodi on board INS Satpura which is visiting the Changi Naval Base as part of its deployment in the region. A fitting finale to a memorable visit to Singapore!,” Kumar tweeted.
PM also visited Hindu and Buddhist temples, demonstrating the age-old people-to-people contact between India and Singapore. He visited Sri Mariamman Temple and participated in prayers. Sri Mariamman is the oldest Hindu temple in the country.
Reinforcing our strong cultural connect, PM @narendramodi visited the Mariamman Temple,” Ministry of External Affiars spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. He also visited Chulia mosque which was built by Chulia Muslim merchants from India’s Coromandal Coast under the leadership of Anser Sahib. This is one of the earliest mosques in Singapore.
Earlier, PM Modi and Singapore’s former premier Goh Chok Tong unveiled a plaque to commemorate the immersion of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes at Clifford Pier in the city-state.
Also, Modi met Goh, a veteran leader and an advocate of deeper India-Singapore engagement. “Had a productive meeting with Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong,” Modi tweeted after meeting Goh.
PM Modi also met US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, days after the symbolic move when Pentagon renamed its Pacific Command as Indo-Pacific Command. PM held a closed-door meeting with Mattis during which both sides discussed all security related issues of mutual and global interests, sources said.
Singapore also named its orchid after Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mark his visit to the National Orchid Garden.
“Dendrobrium Narendra Modi – an orchid named after PM @narendramodi on the occasion of his visit to the National Orchid Garden in Singapore,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. “A strong and robust tropical orchid which produces upright inflorences up to 38 cm long with 14-20 well-arranged flowers,” he said.
Modi who is on the last leg of his 3-nation visit, arrived Singapore on Thursday. Earlier he visited to Indonesia and Malaysia.
(with agency inputs)