India and Singapore
have agreed to further enhance the bilateral defence relationship in the
mutual interest of both countries as it would contribute to regional
peace and stability. The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony and the
visiting Minister of Defence of Singapore Dr. Ng Eng Hen, after the
bilateral delegation level talks here today, expressed satisfaction over
the wide ranging comprehensive defence exchanges between both the
Both the Ministers also agreed that the on-going interactions between
the defence establishments of the two countries, including through
regular joint military training and exercises, had been useful. They
also agreed to continue such interactions.
They also exchanged views on the global and regional security scenario.
In the context of the security situation in the Asia Pacific region,
both Ministers acknowledged the role of the ASEAN Defence Ministers
Meeting (ADMM) Plus framework in promoting dialogue and consensus in the
region. Defence Minister reiterated India’s commitment to remain
constructively engaged in activities under the ADMM Plus framework.
Both Ministers noted the commonalities in the security concerns of India
and Singapore and acknowledged that there was scope for both countries
to continue to work together for regional peace and stability. To this
end, it was decided that there should be regular meetings at the level
of both Defence Ministers to facilitate exchanges of views on important
issues and common security concerns.
The Singapore Defence Minister, who is on a three-day visit to India,
was accompanied by the High Commissioner of Singapore in India, Ms.
Karen Tan and other officials of the Singapore Ministry of Defence and
Armed Forces. The Indian delegation included Defence Secretary and CISC
as well as other senior officers of the Ministry of Defence and Armed
Prior to the meeting, the Singapore Defence Minister laid a wreath at
the Amar JawanJyoti. He was also accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour.
(Release ID :89164)