The 2nd Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and Singapore was successfully concluded with the India-Singapore Bilateral Agreement for Navy Cooperation, which will lead to increased cooperation in maritime security, joint exercises, temporary deployments from each other’s naval facilities and mutual logistics support.
Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence of the Republic of Singapore has expressed his appreciation for India’s continued support for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF’s) training in India, covered by the Air Force and Army Bilateral Agreements.
Appreciating India’s leading role in the Indian Ocean Region, Dr Ng also agreed to India’s proposal for continuous and institutionalised naval engagements in their shared maritime space, including establishing maritime exercises with like-minded regional/ ASEAN partners.
On regional security, both Ministers reaffirmed the importance of maintaining maritime freedom of navigation and trade consistent with international law. Both Ministers also discussed Singapore’s proposal to expand the Code of Unplanned Encounters at Sea to all ADMM-Plus countries as well as to establish guidelines for air encounters between military aircraft, in order to reduce the risk of miscalculations.
They are commended together the progress made since the India-Singapore Defence Technology Steering Committee was set up in October 2006 to launch joint research projects. It is to be noted that the dialogue was first inaugurated after both countries signed the revised Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) in 2015 to further strengthen the longstanding defence relationship, Bureaucracy Today reports.