Singapore and India to boost cooperation in maritime security



SINGAPORE: Singapore and India will step up cooperation in maritime security, Singapore's Ministry for Defence (MINDEF) said in a press release on Wednesday (Nov 29).

The two countries' defence ministers reaffirmed the "strong and long-standing defence relationship" between the two countries during the second India-Singapore Defence Ministers’ Dialogue (DMD).

Singapore's Minister of Defence Ng Eng Hen and India's Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation and talked about strategic regional security and defence issues. They also welcomed India's proposal of "institutionalising engagements", including maritime exercises, with Southeast Asian countries.

The two countries witnessed the exchange of the inaugural Navy Bilateral Agreement between both countries' chiefs of navy, in which both sides agreed to increase cooperation in maritime security, increase visits to each other’s ports and facilitate mutual logistics support.  CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE