Singapore and India will elevate their strong ties to a strategic partnership during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit starting on Monday (23 Nov 2015).
The visit of the Indian leader, who was voted to power with a landslide last year, takes on special meaning as both nations commemmorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, said The Straits Times. India was among the earliest to recognize Singapore in 1965.
“The Strategic Partnership will broaden and deepen ties across various sectors including defence relations, economic and cultural cooperation, skills development and capacity building,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday.
Mr Modi’s Singapore Lecture, to be delivered shortly after his arrival on Monday evening from the East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur, will likely highlight his vision for the relationship in the years ahead. Analysts also expect him to expand on his “Act East” policy, which itself builds on the “Look East” policy of the late Mr Rao.
The lecture will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and attended by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, said the The Straits Times.