Singapore and India elevate bilateral relations to a strategic partnership

Singapore and India elevate bilateral relations to a strategic partnership
Singapore's President Tony Tan (L) shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) as Tan's wife Mary Chee looks on during a ceremonial reception at the forecourt of India's Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi February 9, 2015. Tan is on a four-day state visit to India.

Singapore and India have agreed to further strengthen ties by elevating bilateral relations to a strategic partnership, and achieve concrete deliverables in areas such as "Smart Cities" and "Skills Development".

This happened during President Tony Tan Keng Yam's ongoing state visit to India from Feb 8 to 11, 2015.

This morning he was accorded a welcome ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and laid a wreath at the Raj Ghatng.

He also met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

During the meeting with PM Modi, both leaders reaffirmed the warm and longstanding relations between Singapore and India, and highlighted the celebrations both countries were undertaking to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Singapore-India diplomatic relations.

PM Modi also noted the good progress of Singapore's collaboration with Andhra Pradesh on the master plan for the new capital city.

PM Modi identified the 21st century as the "New Asian Century" and noted that there were many new opportunities for further bilateral cooperation.

Both leaders also had fruitful discussions on enhancing aviation and maritime connectivity between Singapore and India.

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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