India and Singapore signed the implementing agreement on submarine rescue
support and cooperation between the two navies.
The agreement is significant since Singapore is situated at the choke point
of the Malacca straits bang on the jundction between the Indian Ocean and the
South China sea.
The defense ministers of both the countries extended their full support
towards the early conclusion of agreements to faciliate conduct of live firings
and to establish reciprocal agreements for the cross attendance of military
The Ministers were pleased that the Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore
Navy successfully conducted the 27th edition of Singapore-India Maritime
Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) and also participated in the second edition of the
Singapore-India-Thailand Maritime Exercise (SITMEX); both held in November
2020.These exercises enhance interoperability amongst the navies and underscore
the shared responsibility of the countries to work together to keep sea lines
of communications open.
between India and Singapore thru video conference on Jan 20, ‘21
The 5th Defence Ministers' Dialogue (DMD) between India and Singapore was
successfully held on 20 January 2021 through a video conference and continues
the substantial increase in bilateral cooperation and defence partnership over
Defence and security engagements between India and Singapore have broadened
significantly in scale and scope across all three Services of the Armed Forces
as well as in the areas of defence technology and industry. Both countries have
also found common ground on multilateral fora and engagements.
The Ministers further welcomed initiatives to expand bilateral defence
cooperation including the implementing agreement on Humanitarian Assistance and
Disaster Relief (HADR) cooperation in August 2020 for the two Armed Forces to
have closer operational collaboration in response to disasters and
capacity-building activities of mutual interest. The cyber agencies of both
armed forces have also stepped up engagements.
expressed gratitude to Singapore Armed Forces for their support to foreign
workers; many among them Indian Nationals
During the dialogue, Mr Rajnath Singh conveyed gratitude for the role of
the Singapore Armed Forces, in supporting foreign workers, many of whom were
Indian Nationals, at the peak of pandemic. Dr Ng also complimented India’s
successes in bringing down the overall numbers despite challenges of scale in
terms of geography and population.
Both Ministers noted the commitment of their senior officials in sustaining
the momentum of annual dialogues during the ongoing pandemic through virtual
meetings. This has kept bilateral defence cooperation on a positive trajectory
and laid the foundations for further cooperation in 2021.
Mr Rajnath Singh reaffirmed ASEAN centrality in the regional security
architecture and pledged India’s support to all endeavours of the ASEAN Defence
Ministers' Meeting (ADMM)-Plus. Dr Ng expressed support for India’s upcoming
co-chairmanship of the ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Group on HADR.
Both Ministers were
committed to enhance bilateral defence ties
Both Ministers were committed to further enhance bilateral defence ties
between India and Singapore and supported multilateral initiatives to promote
lasting peace and stability in the region.