India, Singapore hold 15th foreign office consultations

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New Delhi: India and Singapore have exchanged views on international and strategic issues and discussed ways to strengthen economic partnership at the 15th foreign office consultations today.

The two sides reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and expressed their satisfaction that despite the pandemic, considerable substance and content had been added to the bilateral relationship, especially in trade and defence cooperation, the officials said in a statement.

Both sides discussed ways to further strengthen economic engagement. Easing travel restrictions and resumption of people-to-people contact were also discussed, it said.

The issues pertaining to ASEAN-India relations and India Singapore cooperation in the Indo-Pacific were also discussed.

“Singapore has taken over as country coordinator for India at the ASEAN for a three year period (2021-2024). Views were exchanged on international and strategic issues pertaining to the region,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.

The 15th India-Singapore Foreign Office Consultations were held virtually today and the delegation was led by Ms Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs and the Singapore delegation was led by Mr Chee Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, the Ministry said.

The Secretary (East) Riva Ganguly Das also thanked Singapore for their support during the second Covid wave.

The talks were held in a friendly and cordial atmosphere. Both sides agreed to hold the next consultations at a mutually convenient date, the statement read.