New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong that terrorism from Pakistan was a major worry for his government. Lee Hsien Loong is in Delhi and is expected to sign many important agreements with India.
The Prime Minister said that other than terrorism from across the border, another major worry for his government was radicalization. Modi termed the two as “grave challenges to our security”.
While holding talks with the visiting Prime Minister of Singapore, Modi said, “Rising tide of terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism, and the rise of radicalisation are grave challenges to our security…They threaten the very fabric of our societies…It is my firm belief that those who believe in peace and humanity need to stand and act together against this menace”.
Lee Hsien Loong is touring India amidst heightened India Pakistan tension following the Uri terrorist attack and the subsequent surgical strikes by Indian Army inside POK. Following the Uri attack, India pulled out of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit that was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November, citing Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorism as the reason.
The two leader also issued a joint press release. In Tuesday’s joint press statement, Singapore’s Lee, while condemning terrorism in all its forms, extended his condolences to the families of the victims of the Uri attack. Modi said that India and Singapore have agreed “to enhance our cooperation to counter these threats, including in the domain of cyber security”. Indian Prime Minister said “Our defence and security cooperation is a key pillar of our strategic partnership…As two maritime nations, keeping the sea lanes of communication open, and respect for international legal order of seas and oceans is a shared priority”.
Modi further said “Our cooperation in the framework of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), East Asia Summit and the Asean Regional Framework is aimed at building an open and inclusive architecture for regional cooperation, in an atmosphere of trust and confidence.”
In the meantime the two nations signed several MOUs. One MoU was signed between Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Education Services (ITEES) and India’s National Skill Development Corporation on collaboration in technical and vocational education and training. Another MoU was signed between the Assam government and ITEES Singapore, also on collaboration in technical and vocational education and training. A third MoU was signed in the field of industrial property cooperation between India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and Intellectual Property Office Singapore.