National

Jaishankar meets Singapore Deputy Prime Minister, Defence Minister

MONDAY, SEP 09, 2019** Singapore: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a meeting in Singapore.

MONDAY, SEP 09, 2019** Singapore: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a meeting in Singapore.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The leaders discussed new avenues of relationship through the opportunities provided by ‘New India’

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on September met Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and the two leaders discussed new avenues of relationship through the opportunities provided by “New India”.

Mr. Jaishankar, who is on a visit to Singapore, was accompanied by Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep S. Puri during his meeting with Mr. Keat, who is also Singapore’s Finance Minister.

“Cordial meeting with Deputy PM & Finance Minister @MOFsg Heng Swee Keat along with Minister @HardeepSPuri. Discussed refreshing the India-Singapore agenda by exploring opportunities provided by New India,” Mr. Jaishankar tweeted.

Mr. Jaishankar also had a meeting with Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.

“A meeting of minds with Defence Minister @Ng_Eng_Hen. Benefitted from his insights and assessments as always,” he tweeted.

On September 9, Mr. Jaishankar called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and discussed with him bilateral ties and the issues concerning the world.

He also co-chaired the 6th Joint Ministerial Commission with his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan and reviewed the whole range of bilateral issues.

He also had a good interaction with Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on scaling up trade and investment.

During his visit, Mr. Jaishankar also attended the India-Singapore Business & Innovation Summit and expressed India’s reservations on joining the proposed mega free trade agreement RCEP as it is concerned over the “protectionist policies” of China that have created a significant trade deficit between the two nations, as high as $57 billion in 2018.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed mega free trade agreement being negotiated among 16 countries including 10-nation ASEAN bloc (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and its six trading partners — India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Why you should pay for quality journalism - Click to know more

Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Apr 8, 2020 10:16:24 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/s-jaishankar-meets-singapore-deputy-prime-minister-defence-minister/article29384090.ece

Next Story