In a bid to strengthen India’s Act East Policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday embarked on 3-nation visit to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. In his statement prior to the tour, Modi said India has a robust strategic partnership with all the three countries and that he would be attending a wide range of programmes in these countries.
He arrived in Indonesia this evening, where he will be holding detailed discussions with President Joko Widodo. In Indonesia, he will also be holding interactions with top CEOs and the Indian community in Indonesia.
“I am looking forward to my discussions with President Widodo on 30 May, as also to our joint interaction with the India-Indonesia CEOs Forum. I will also address the Indian Community in Indonesia,” he said in his statement.
In his first official engagement to the Kali-bata Heroes Cemetry in South Jakarta, Modi would pay homage to the soldiers who died fighting in Indonesia’s war of Independence.
He will then be accorded a ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace, which will be followed by talks between him and the Indonesian President. Both sides are expected to ink agreements in the fields of defence, space and science and technology.
India and Indonesia enjoy strong and friendly ties and share deep historical and civilizational linkages, he said.
“Both countries are multi ethnic, multi religious, plural and open societies. I am confident that my visit to Indonesia will create greater synergy between Asia’s two largest democracies and further elevate our bilateral ties,” Modi said.
On 31 May, he will depart for a brief visit to Malaysia, where he will be holding a summit meet with his counterpart Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
On the same day, Prime Minister Modi will reach Singapore. “In Singapore I will be focusing on enhancing India-Singapore partnership in areas of Fintech, skill development, urban planning and artificial intelligence,” he said.
Singapore entities have become major partners with India in areas like urban development, planning, smart cities and infrastructure development. My visit in Singapore presents an opportunity for both countries to engage further.
He is slated to visit the India-Singapore enterprise and innovation exhibition where he will address a business and community event followed by a roundtable meeting with select top CEOs of Singapore.
On 1 June, PM Modi will call on Singapore President Halimah Yacob and will hold delegation level talks with Singapore Prime Minister Lee.
“That evening, I will deliver the keynote address at Shangri-La Dialogue. This will be the first time that an Indian Prime Minister would deliver this address. It would be an opportunity to articulate India’s point of view on regional security issues and maintenance of peace and stability in the region,” he said.
On 2 June, I will unveil a plaque at Clifford Pier, where Gandhiji’s ashes were immersed in sea on 27 March 1948.
Modi will also visit some places of worship that have civilizational linkages with India.
“The last element of my programme would be a visit to the Changi Naval Base in Singapore where I will visit the Indian Naval Ship INS Satpura and interact with officers and sailors of the Indian Navy and Royal Singapore Navy,” he said.
I am confident that my visit to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore will provide a further boost to our Act East Policy and enhance our relations and engagements with all the three countries, he said.