Dr Ng Eng Hen: Singapore and India Reaffirm Strong and Long-standing Defence Relations

Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen hosted Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to breakfast this morning, on the sidelines of the 11th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and 4th ADMM-Plus.

Dr Ng and Minister Sitharaman reaffirmed the strong and long-standing defence relationship and discussed ways to enhance bilateral defence cooperation under the revised Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) signed in November 2015. They also acknowledged the good progress made under the revised DCA, such as the convening of the first Defence Industry Working Group in May 2016 and the inaugural Singapore-India Defence Ministers’ Dialogue (DMD) held in June 2016. Both sides looked forward to Dr Ng’s upcoming visit to India in November 2017 for the 2nd DMD.

Singapore and India enjoy regular defence interactions in multiple areas, including defence policy dialogues, high-level visits, military exchanges, training exercises and defence and technology cooperation.