India Singapore reaffirm strong defence ties

Singapore/ New Delhi, April 5 : Chief of Army Staff(COAS) Chief Gen MM Naravane on Tuesday called on Singapore Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen and Army Chief Brigadier General David Neo. The two sides discussed regional geopolitical developments and reaffirmed the strong and long-standing bilateral defence relationship between the two countries. During his meeting with Singaporean counterpart Brigadier General David Neo, Gen Naravane discussed the roadmap to further enhance defence cooperation between both nations, Indian Army said in a tweet. Gen MM Naravane visited the Infantry Gunnery Tactical Simulator (IGTS) Centre. He witnessed the state-of-the-art simulators, which enable troops to hone their weaponry skills and commanders to improve tactical decision-making abilities, the Army said in thread. Gen Naravane also reviewed the Guard of Honour at the Defence Ministry, Singapore. He complimented the Guard for an impeccable Turnout and Parade. Gen Naravane is on a three day visit to Singapore from April 4 to April 6. “Gen Naravane’s visit underscores the strong and long-standing bilateral defence relations between Singapore and India. The Singapore Army and the Indian Army interact regularly through bilateral exercises, professional exchanges, visits and cross-attendance of courses. These mutually beneficial interactions have deepened the bilateral defence relationship, enhanced mutual understanding and strengthened the cooperation between the two armies,” Singaporean Defence Ministry said in a statement. The Army Chief, on Monday, laid a wreath at the Kranji War Memorial. He also met other senior dignitaries and discussed avenues for enhancing India-Singapore defence relations. Gen Naravane is also scheduled to visit the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Coordination Centre and Information Fusion Centre at Changi Naval Base. He is also scheduled to deliver a speech at the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College’s Distinguished Speaker’s Dialogue titled ‘India’s Strategic Perspective’. ASU RKM

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