PM reaches Singapore; strategic co-op on agenda

RSTV Bureau

Seeking to strengthen strategic partnership with Singapore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the global city state on Monday after wrapping up his three-day visit to Malaysia during which he attended the ASEAN and East Asia Summits besides holding talks with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak.

During his Singapore visit, Prime Minister Modi will meet his counterpart Lee Hsien Loong, President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.

The two premiers will sign the India-Singapore Strategic Partnership to boost bilateral ties.

“The Strategic Partnership will broaden and deepen ties across various sectors including defence relations, economic and cultural cooperation, skills development and capacity building,” said Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Singapore and India this year, and underscores the excellent and longstanding ties between the two countries.

“To mark this milestone, the two Prime Ministers will unveil a commemorative joint stamp issue,” it said in a statement.

Delivering the ’37th Singapore Lecture – India’s Singapore Story” lecture, PM Modi said oceans, space and cyberworld should not become “new theatres of contests” but be the avenues of “shared prosperity” and offered to work in this direction.

“In the flux and transition of our times, the most critical need in this region is to uphold and strengthen the rules and norms that must define our collective behaviour,” he said.

Amid a standoff between China and some East Asian nations over South China Sea, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about how India and China have kept their border region peaceful and stable despite the “unresolved issues”, including the boundary question between the two countries.

He will deliver a Special Address at the India-Singapore Economic Convention hosted by Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran on Tuesday and interact with Singapore business leaders.

In addition, Prime Minister Modi will visit ITE (technical) College Central together with Prime Minister Lee, where he will learn more about Singapore’s approach to vocational education and skills training.

PM Narendra Modi will also address an Indian community event and meet with the business community members.

An official welcome ceremony will be held for PM Modi on Tuesday, the final day of his two-day visit.

(With Inputs from PTI)