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Prime Minister Modi returns to India after successful three-nation visit

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the prime minister’s visit added momentum to India’s Act East Policy. “After a significant and successful three-nation visit to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, PM @narendramodi emplanes for India,” Kumar tweeted.

During his three-day visit to Singapore, PM Modi held wide-ranging talks with his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong and delivered a keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue – Asia’s premier defence and strategic affairs conference. In his keynote address at the Dialogue on Friday, PM Modi said an “Asia of rivalry” will hold the region back while an Asia of cooperation will shape the current century.

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He is the first Indian Prime Minister to address the Shangri-La Dialogue. On the last day of his Singapore visit, PM Modi also met US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and discussed security-related issues. The meeting came days after the United States had renamed its Pacific Command as Indo-US Pacific Command giving further impetus to strategic ties between the two countries. 

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Prime Minister Modi on his last day of three-day Singapore visit also went to the Changi Naval Base, the prime naval base for the Republic of Singapore Navy. There the PM visited the Indian Naval Ship INS Satpura and interacted with officers and sailors of the Indian Navy and Royal Singapore Navy. 

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On the occasion, PM Modi urged the security personnel to practice yoga. Navy personnel also chanted ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ in the presence of PM Modi on board INS Satpura in Singapore.

In a special gesture, an orchid was named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of his visit to National Orchid Garden in Singapore. On the final day he also visited Singapore’s Hindu temple and Chullia Mosque.

ALSO READ | PM Modi visits National Orchid Garden, temples and heritage centre in Singapore

He also visited Indian Heritage Centre, where he was accorded a rapturous welcome. The Centre reflects a glimpse of Little India in that country. He also purchased a Madhubani painting using a RuPay card at the Centre. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Singapore’s former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong jointly unveiled a plaque to pay tribute at the immersion site of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes at the waterfront Clifford pier. Exceptional musical performance of ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ sent a strong message of peace to the world. 

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Earlier on Friday, talks between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Lee Hsien Loong led to the signing of 8 agreements between the two sides which covered areas as wide as military cooperation and connectivity.

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PM Modi had arrived in Singapore after a brief halt in Malaysia where he met his 92-year-old Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad to personally congratulate him on his stunning election victory and the two leaders had “productive discussions” on bolstering the bilateral strategic ties.

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During his first-ever official visit to Indonesia, PM Modi held “productive discussions” with President Joko Widodo. The two countries elevated their bilateral ties to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and condemned terrorism in all its forms, including cross-border terror. India and Indonesia also signed 15 agreements, including one to boost defence cooperation and called for freedom of navigation in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. 

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