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India, Singapore agree to ramp up maritime and anti-militancy cooperation

Published: November 29, 2017

STORY: India and Singapore on Wednesday (November 29) agreed to enhance cooperation in including maritime cooperation and vowed to work together in tackling transnational security threats.

The two countries exchanged documents on boosting naval cooperation after Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen held talks with his Indian counterpart Niramala Sitharaman in New Delhi.

Ng said Singapore was keen on expanding cooperation with New Delhi in the Strait of Malacca and the Andaman seas.

The 900-km long (550 miles) Malacca Strait, which links Asia with the Middle East and Europe, is the world’s second-busiest waterway. Reportedly, it handles 15-20 percent of the global trade and one-third of the world’s oil trade.

Sitharaman said the two countries were looking at exploring collaboration in defence projects to further cement ties.

The two leaders also stressed on the importance of cooperation in tackling transnational security threats, and in particular measures to collectively tackle the threat of militancy.

India and Singapore share close ties which have a history rooted in strong commercial, cultural and people-to-people links, with India being one of the first countries to recognize Singapore in 1965.




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