Narendra Modi in Singapore: Prime minister to participate in ASEAN-India, East Asia summits; meeting with Mike Pence on agenda

Singapore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Singapore on Wednesday for a two-day visit during which he will attend the East Asia Summit, an ASEAN-India informal meet, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership summit and hold a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence.

Narendra modi arrives in Singapore. Image courtesy: Twitter/@MEAIndia

Narendra modi arrives in Singapore. Image courtesy: Twitter/@MEAIndia

Modi's first engagement would be to deliver the keynote address at the Singapore Fintech Summit, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a tweet. "The Prime Minister landed in Singapore a short while ago. He will be joining a series of programmes through the day, beginning with the keynote address at the Singapore Fintech Festival." Later, in a tweet, the PM thanked the Indian community for a "warm welcome amidst the rain". "Extremely touched by the affection of the Indian community in Singapore. Their warm welcome, so early in the morning amidst the rain, was touching. India's diaspora makes our nation very proud. They have succeeded all over the world, in a wide range of areas," he tweeted.

Before leaving for Singapore, Modi said in New Delhi that his participation in the ASEAN-India and East Asia summits symbolised India's "continued commitment" to strengthen its engagement with ASEAN members and with the wider Indo-Pacific region. Modi also said he was confident that his visit to Singapore would impart fresh momentum to New Delhi's growing partnership with ASEAN and East Asia Summit nations.

The prime minister will have a number of high-profile multilateral and bilateral meetings with global leaders including US Vice President Pence and Singapore premier Lee Hsein Loong. Pence will participate in a bilateral meeting with Modi, the White House said Tuesday releasing the schedule of Vice President Pence on the eve of the meeting. The meeting is scheduled to take place 12.30 pm local Singapore time, during which the two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral defence cooperation and a common vision for maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific, the WH said.

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Updated Date: Nov 14, 2018 08:01:26 IST

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