India, Singapore committed to deepening ties: PM Lee meets Modi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong. Lee Hsein reached New Delhi on Monday for a five-day visit.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted “The warmth of an Asian friendship. PM @narendramodi welcomes PM @leehsienloong of Singapore at Hyderabad House.”

Loong, after a meeting with PM Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House on Tuesday, said that India is composed to garner its demographic dividend and the Republic will support its “remarkable” economic development by giving its youth a leg-up in skills training, among other contributions.

During their meeting, Modi and Lee had bilateral talks regarding the skills development, trade, air connectivity, foreign investments, and more. Lee also expressed his solace on the Uri terror attack which left 18 soldiers dead.

In a press conference, Modi stated that Singapore wants the rest of the world to walk on the same path as what Singapore is doing today in every aspect, whether it is in manufacturing, environment, innovation, technology or delivery of public services.

Lee also narrated that Singapore is keen to step up its involvement in India’s “100 Smart Cities” initiative and said that Singapore and India are committed to deepening their bilateral relationship.

The removal of restrictions on air services in India is being appreciated by Lee. He said that “strong signal to the world that India is serious about attracting investments and businesses.”

He asserted that through India’s policies and because of the growing market and its geographical location, India is set to become a flying hub.

On Wednesday, Lee will call on President Pranab Mukherjee before leaving for Udaipur.

The Singapore Prime Minister was being given company by high-level representatives including, Minister of Trade and Industry S. Iswaran, Senior Minister of State for Defence Ong Ye Kung and Members of Parliament Vikram Nair and Denise Phua.

Wefornews Bureau

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