Prime Minister Narendra Modi today will embark on a three-nation tour to boost Act East Policy. On the eve of his visit, Modi said that India had a robust strategic partnership with all the three countries and his visit would provide a further boost to the country’s policy.
During his five-day visit, Mr Modi will hold delegation level talks with the leadership of the three countries, on matters of mutual interest. This will be Prime Minister’s first official visit to Indonesia and second to Singapore.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his visit to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore will provide a further boost to India’s Act East Policy and enhance relations and engagements with all three countries.
In a statement prior to his departure, Mr Modi said, India has a robust strategic partnership with these countries.
Prime Minister said, he looks forward to holding discussions with Indonesia President Joko Widodo and joint interaction with the India-Indonesia CEOs Forum.
Prime Minister said India and Indonesia enjoy strong and friendly ties and share deep historical and civilizational linkages. Mr Modi said both countries are multi ethnic, multi religious, plural and open societies.
Prime Minister expressed confidence that his visit to Indonesia will create greater synergy between Asia’s two largest democracies and further elevate bilateral ties.
Mr Modi said, he will make a brief halt in Malaysia to congratulate the new Malaysian leadership and looking forward to meet Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
Mr Modi said, in Singapore, he will be focusing on enhancing India-Singapore partnership in areas of Fintech, skill development, urban planning and artificial intelligence.
In Singapore, he will deliver the keynote address at Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual security meet, on June 1.
“This will be the first time that an Indian Prime Minister would deliver this address. It would be an opportunity to articulate India’s point of view on regional security issues and maintenance of peace and stability in the region,” he said.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, the prime minister said he would be in Jakarta today on the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
“This is my first visit to Indonesia as Prime Minister. I am looking forward to my discussions with President Widodo on 30 May, as also to our joint interaction with the India-Indonesia CEOs Forum. I will also address the Indian community in Indonesia,” he said.
He said, on May 31, on his way to Singapore, he will make a brief halt in Malaysia to congratulate the new Malaysian leadership and looks forward to meet Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
“In Singapore, I will be focusing on enhancing India-Singapore partnership in areas of Fintech, skill development, urban planning and artificial intelligence. Singapore entities have become major partners with India in areas like urban development, planning, smart cities and infrastructure development. My visit in Singapore presents an opportunity for both countries to engage further,” he said.
On 31 May, Modi will visit the India-Singapore enterprise and innovation exhibition and will also address a business and community event followed by a roundtable meeting with select top CEOs of Singapore to discuss business and investment opportunities.
On June 1, the prime minister will call on Singapore President Halimah Yacob and hold delegation level talks with Singapore Prime Minister Lee (Hsien Loong).
Later in the evening, he will deliver the keynote address at Shangri-La Dialogue.
On June 2, he will unveil a plaque at Clifford Pier, where Gandhiji’s ashes were immersed in sea on March 27, 1948. He would also visit some places of worship that have civilisational linkages with India.
India’s Act East Policy, that was introduced by the Modi government, focusses on the extended neighbourhood in the Asia-Pacific region. — PTI