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Updated: 09/04/2014 14:11 | By Channel NewsAsia

India Defence Secretary in Singapore to co-chair Defence Policy Dialogue

India Defence Secretary in Singapore to co-chair Defence Policy Dialogue


India Defence Secretary in Singapore to co-chair Defence Policy Dialogue

SINGAPORE: India’s Defence Secretary Radha Krishna Mathur co-chaired the 9th India-Singapore Defence Policy Dialogue (DPD) with Singapore's Permanent Secretary (Defence) Chan Yeng Kit at the Ministry of Defence on Thursday (Sep 4).

The DPD - established under the India-Singapore Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) signed in 2003 and inaugurated in March 2004 - serves as a regular forum for both countries to oversee and advance the bilateral defence relationship, as well as discuss areas of defence cooperation and strategic developments of mutual interest, MINDEF said in a press statement.

Mr Mathur called on Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing on Thursday. He also visited the Information Fusion Centre and toured the Republic of Singapore Navy’s formidable-class stealth frigate RSS Formidable at Changi Naval Base.

"Mr Mathur’s visit underscores the warm and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and India, strengthened by the DCA as well as the Air Force and Army Bilateral Agreements signed in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Besides the DPD, the two defence establishments also interact regularly through high-level visits, professional exchanges and defence technology cooperation," said MINDEF. - CNA/xk

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