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The De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar vis­ited Sin­ga­pore on June 3 to at­tend the 15th Shangri-La Di­a­logue. Par­rikar met the Min­is­ter for De­fence of Sin­ga­pore Dr Ng Eng Hen to cochair the in­au­gu­ral Sin­ga­pore-In­dia De­fence Min­is­ters’ Di­a­logue (DMD).

A joint state­ment is­sued af­ter the DMD is as fol­lows: “Dr Ng and Mr Par­rikar com­mended the long­stand­ing de­fence ties between Sin­ga­pore and In­dia, and noted the DMD would take the re­la­tion­ship to new heights. Both Min­is­ters wel­comed the growth in the de­fence re­la­tion­ship since the sign­ing of the De­fence Co­op­er­a­tion Agree­ment (DCA) in 2003 and the re­vised DCA in 2015. De­fence co­op­er­a­tion had been iden­ti­fied as a key sec­tor un­der the In­di­aSin­ga­pore Joint Dec­la­ra­tion on Stra- te­gic Part­ner­ship signed dur­ing the visit of Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia Naren­dra Modi to Sin­ga­pore in Novem­ber 2015.

The two Min­is­ters noted that their bi­lat­eral de­fence co­op­er­a­tion has been long-stand­ing. The two navies con­ducted the first Sin­ga­pore-In­dia Mar­itime Bi­lat­eral Ex­er­cise (SIMBEX) in 1994. SIMBEX has grown more am­bi­tious over the years, in­cor­po­rat­ing the Re­pub­lic of Sin­ga­pore Navy’s Archer class sub­ma­rine and the In­dian Navy’s Kamorta class corvette and P-8I air­craft for the first time in May 2015.

Dr Ng thanked Par­rikar for In­dia’s strong sup­port for the Sin­ga­pore Air Force’s train­ing in In­dia, cov­ered un­der the am­bit of bi­lat­eral agree­ments for air force and army train­ing. Both sides agreed to work to­wards the re­newal of both agree­ments in 2017 and 2018 re­spec­tively.

Par­rikar ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to Dr Ng to visit In­dia to con­tinue the bi­lat­eral min­is­te­rial di­a­logue.

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