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Swaraj, Singaporean foreign minister vow to boost defence, trade ties

The MEA said in a statement that the two countries discussed cooperation in political, defence and security fields, trade and investment, tourism and connectivity.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2017 20:10 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Sushma Swaraj,Vivian Balakrishnan,Ministry of External Affairs
Minister for external affairs Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with Vivian Balakrishnan, minister of foreign affairs of Singapore before a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan on Tuesday held extensive talks to boost bilateral cooperation in key sectors such as defence, security and trade.

In the talks held under the framework of Joint Ministerial Committee, both sides discussed a wide range of issues of shared interests and mutual concern, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

It said cooperation in political, defence and security fields, trade and investment, tourism and connectivity were among other major issues discussed during the talks.

The MEA said the two sides also reviewed the commemoration of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and 25 years of India-ASEAN dialogue partnership.

“They also exchanged views on issues of mutual interest at regional and multilateral levels, including cooperation at UN and international organisations,” it said.

Swaraj also hosted a lunch in the honour of Balakrishnan, who is on a two-day visit to India, and his delegation.

On Wednesday, Balakrishnan would visit Guwahati where he would meet Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonawal and witness signing of an MoU on launching a skill development centre being set up with Singapore’s assistance.

First Published: Oct 31, 2017 20:10 IST