Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong (Photo: AFP/VNA)

New Delhi (VNA) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong had talks on June 1, agreeing to deepen bilateral economic ties and build on defence cooperation as they called for a peaceful, open, and friendly maritime environment in the Indo-Pacific region.

They also witnessed an exchange of memoranda of understanding in numerous fields, including the training of public service officials, cyber security, narcotics control and logistics cooperation between the two navies.

Modi, who is in Singapore, said at a joint press conference that the two countries’ strategic partnership has stood the test of time in real sense. He added their officials will soon begin discussions on upgrading and reforming the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement.

The two leaders also exchanged views on the regional and global challenges and reiterated their principled position on maritime security and expressed commitment to rules-based order.

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Earlier, PM Modi also made a courtesy call on Singaporean President Halimah Yacob.

He is set to deliver a keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore the same day.

Singapore is the last leg of his visit to three Southeast Asian nations, which also include Indonesia and Malaysia.

This is Modi’s second visit to Singapore, showing the importance of this Southeast Asian country as well as ASEAN in the Act East policy of India.-VNA