Singapore for more cooperation with India in Strait of Malacca, Andaman Sea

  • Singapore for more cooperation with India in Strait of Malacca, Andaman Sea

Singapore for more cooperation with India in Strait of Malacca, Andaman Sea

They also discussed increasing maritime cooperation, with joint exercises from the Strait of Malacca to the Indian Ocean, and in the Andaman Sea.

Dr. Ng said it made sense for countries to cooperate not only to establish maritime security but to maintain freedom of navigation because "we know it is lifeline for economies".

During the meeting, the two countries concluded the India-Singapore Bilateral Agreement for Navy Cooperation, and called for maintaining freedom of navigation and trade consistent with global law, a joint statement issued by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Singapore counterpart Dr Ng Eng Hen said here.

The bilateral Navy agreement has the mutual logistics support."He went on to say that both countries would increase more participation and activity in the Malacca Straits and the Andaman Sea".

"Both Singapore and India sit astride key Sea Lines of Communication", said Dr Ng.

"We will exercise and patrol in your waters as you do in ours". Taking Sitharaman into confidence, the Singapore Minister said that he will try to economise and support each other in mutual logistics.

The two countries reiterated the need to respect freedom of navigation and trade in worldwide waters in the backdrop of China's aggressive and expansionist behaviour in the Asia Pacific region.

This would allow greater Indian presence near the contested waters of the South China Sea.

"It's not very often that Defence Minister of another country can get the privilege of being flown in the light combat aircraft Tejas and as I said yesterday I am utterly impressed with your pilot and the aircraft", Ng said.

The joint statement said both ministers look forward to the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Singapore- India maritime bilateral exercise next year.

"India and Singapore remain strongly committed to tackle the transnational security threats", Sitharaman said at a joint media interaction with Ng, noting that both sides agreed to ramp up overall defence cooperation. The flight, around half-an-hour long, was piloted by Air Vice Marshal A.P. Singh, the Project Director, Flight Testing at the Aeronautical Development Agency. The IAF has fielded its Sukhoi-30 fighter jets.

Talking to reporters at the airbase, he called Tejas an "excellent aircraft" and said it is "very impressive".