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Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and Singapore concludes

Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and Singapore concludes

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 29 Nov 2017, 08:48 pm

New Delhi, Nov 29 (IBNS): The second Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and Singapore was successfully concluded, the Union Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, India's Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba exchanged the signed documents of bilateral agreement with the Naval Chief of Singapore Rear Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, in the presence of the defence ministers of both countries.

India's Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, was also present.

The Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and Singapore was inaugurated after both countries signed the revised Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) in 2015 to further strengthen the longstanding defence relationship between the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Indian Armed Forces.

Of particular significance during this meeting was the conclusion of the India-Singapore Bilateral Agreement for Navy Cooperation, which will lead to increased cooperation in maritime security, joint exercises, temporary deployments from each other’s naval facilities and mutual logistics support, the release said.

Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Defence and Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence of the Republic of Singapore looked forward to the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise next year.

Dr Ng expressed his appreciation for India’s continued support for the SAF’s training in India, covered by the Air Force and Army Bilateral Agreements.

Both ministers welcomed the renewal of the Air Force Bilateral Agreement on the sidelines of the 11th Singapore-India Defence Policy Dialogue in January this year, and looked forward to the successful renewal of the Army Bilateral Agreement next year.

On regional security, both ministers reaffirmed the importance of maintaining maritime freedom of navigation and trade consistent with international law.

India plays a vital role in the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM)-Plus.

Both ministers also discussed Singapore’s proposal to expand the Code of Unplanned Encounters at Sea to all ADMM-Plus countries as well as to establish guidelines for air encounters between military aircraft, to reduce the risk of miscalculations.

Appreciating India’s leading role in the Indian Ocean Region, Dr Ng agreed to India’s proposal for continuous and institutionalised naval engagements in their shared maritime space, including establishing maritime exercises with like-minded regional/ ASEAN partners.

Both ministers emphasised the importance of international cooperation in tackling transnational security threats, and in particular measures to collectively tackle the threat of terrorism.

They also commended the progress made since the India-Singapore Defence Technology Steering Committee was set up in October 2006 to launch joint research projects.

Dr Ng expressed his appreciation for India’s offer of its test ranges and infrastructure to Singapore for the conduct of testing and evaluation for R&D projects.

Singapore and India have also made progress in defence industry cooperation, with the signing of the terms of reference for the Defence Industry Working Group (DIWG) in August this year, the release said.

The defence ministers agreed that this would facilitate greater collaboration in aerospace, electronics and other areas of mutual interest between the defence industries of both countries.

Dr Ng expressed his appreciation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s acceptance as keynote speaker for the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue to articulate India’s vision for a stable Indo-Pacific region.

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Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and Singapore concludes

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