India, Singapore set to extend Army training, drills agreement soon

Close on the heels of the agreement to step up naval cooperation this week, India and Singapore are set to renew soon their agreement for the use of army training and exercise facilities in India. An indication to this effect by the Indian Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman and Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen in a joint statement issued during a press conference held in Delhi earlier this week.

An indication to this effect by the Indian Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman and Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen in a joint statement issued during a press conference held in Delhi earlier this week.

“Both Ministers welcomed the renewal of the Air Force Bilateral Agreement on the sidelines of the 11th Singapore-India Defence Policy Dialogue in January this year, and looked forward to the successful renewal of the Army Bilateral Agreement next year,” the ministers said in the joint statement.

India and Singapore in August 2008 had signed an agreement to extend the use of training and exercise facilities in India by the Singapore Army for a further period of five years from August this year. The agreement was renewed on June 3, 2013 by the Indian Defence Secretary Radha Krishna Mathur and the Singaporean Permanent Secretary of Defence Chiang Chie Foo in the presence of the Defence Ministers of the two countries Dr Ng Eng Hen and AK Antony who was on a visit to Singapore.

A bilateral agreement for utilisation of facilities in India by the Singapore Air Force and Army was signed in October 2007 and August 2008 respectively. The agreement for training and exercises of Singapore Air Force in India was extended up to October 2017 during the visit of Singapore’s Permanent Secretary of Defence to India in July last year. Singapore is the only country to which India is offering such facilities.

Singapore and India enjoy regular defence interactions in multiple areas, including defence policy dialogues, high-level visits, military exchanges, training exercises and defence and technology cooperation.

Both countries recognise the centrality of ASEAN in the security architecture of the region and focus on maritime security, freedom of navigation and threat of terrorism.

Source : .connectedtoindia

 

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