Wednesday, November 01, 2017

India should engage more with Asean, increase aviation and maritime links: Singapore FM

New Delhi:  Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan encourages India to engage more with Asean and to liberalise its aviation sector.
Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan pushed India to engage more with Asean and urged the South Asian economy to increase aviation and maritime links with the grouping through Singapore.

Dr Balakrishnan was speaking on Tuesday (Oct 31) at the Singapore Symposium 2017 on the topic of "India, Singapore & Asean: Shared History, Common Future".

The Singapore Symposium was organised by the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), at National University of Singapore (NUS) and Confederation of Indian Industry. India and Asean celebrate 25th anniversary of relations.

"Singapore has always been a believer in India's role in Asia and in Asean because Asean represents the 10 member states in South-east Asia. I can say with all honesty that we have always spoken up for India, we have always encouraged India to engage us and always done our best to ensure there is a seat at the table...." he noted.

He added that the sizeable amount of investments in India from Singapore, which included Sembcorp Industries power plant in Andhra Prapesh were "proof that we believe in India and India's potential.... and future". Singapore is among the top investors in India.

Singapore shares close political and economic ties with India and was instrumental in helping India forge close ties with Asean.
01/11/17 Nirmala Ganapathy/Eleven