October 6, 2022

MoS External Affairs, Singaporean FM express commitment to strengthen India-Singapore Strategic Partnership

New Delhi, Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs V. Muraleedharan held a virtual meeting with Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Singapore Sim Ann on June 17 and both the leaders expressed commitment to further strengthen India-Singapore Strategic Partnership..

The MoS thanked the Singaporean government for facilitating supply of relief material, especially oxygen tanks, which were sent to India for fighting the COVID19 pandemic.

During the meeting, both the leaders reviewed India-Singapore bilateral relationship spanning across a wide range of areas. They also discussed cooperation on regional issues and in multilateral fora.

India and Singapore share long-standing cultural, commercial and strategic relations, with Singapore being a part of the “Greater India” cultural and commercial region. More than 500,000 people of Indian origin live in Singapore.  

Singapore had always been an important strategic trading post, giving India trade access to the Far East. Although the rival positions of both nations over the Vietnam War and the Cold War caused consternation between India and Singapore, their relationship expanded significantly in the 1990s. Singapore was one of the first to respond to India’s “Look East” Policy of expanding its economic, cultural and strategic ties in Southeast Asia to strengthen its standing as a regional power.

Diplomatic relations between India and Singapore were established on August 24, 1965, fifteen days after the latter’s independence. Ever since Singapore’s independence, both nations have maintained high-level contacts.

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