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Modi’s visit to Singapore

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Indian Prime Ministers, Narendra Modi seen in a selfie with Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching

After a successful visit to the Silicon Valley in the west coast, the Indian PM Narendra Modi visited Singapore from the 23-25 of November, 2015.

The tour was successful, as India signed a Strategic Partnership agreement with Singapore and signed nine bilateral agreements for defense cooperation and security areas, also including smart cities and urban solutions, skills development, connectivity and economic cooperation.   The master-planning of Amaravati - the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh - and support of the Centre of Excellence in Tourism Training in Udaipur are parts of these agreements.

When Mr. Modi visited the Singapore Expo, he was welcomed wholeheartedly by about 18,000 people mostly Indian expatriates. The event was organized by the NRI forum. The prime minister cheered the roaring crowd and said, “Last year, I came to Singapore in March. I had come to pay my last respects to Lee KuanYew, the legend, the great man, who transformed village of fishermen into what it is today….India has a lot to learn from Singapore and cited cleanliness as one lesson”.

Mr. Modi also visited INA memorial Marker in Singapore, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had laid foundation stone for a memorial dedicated to the “unknown” warriors of INA in July 1945.

India PM Narendra Modi also highlighted the bilateral cooperation opportunities at India-Singapore Economic Convention where he addressed business leaders from both the countries.  He also spoke on his "Act East" policy during this state address. Mr. Modi also visited the ITE College Central's Maritime Training Centre, its Aerospace Hub - where they watched students perform engine inspection and maintenance training on various aircrafts.

In between his hectic schedule he was invited to the dinner that was hosted by the Singaporean PM and his wife at Komala Vilas restaurant in Singapore's 'Little India’. It was here, where besides PM Modi, the selfie was also posted by Lee on his Twitter account, saying: "Ho Ching & I took PM @NarendraModi to Little India.

He also met construction workers at Army Memorial at Esplanade Pak, where he happily obliged for a click with them.

Indian PM also launched a commemorative Singapore India stamp. Importantly, over the past decades, both countries have developed a special relationship rooted in strong historical and cultural ties, and bolstered by close and growing cooperation in various sectors. This visit was aimed at strengthening these historical bilateral ties. This visit is of special significance as this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between India and Singapore, after Singapore gained independence in 1965.

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