"When India opened up to the world and turned to the east, Singapore became a partner and a bridge between India and Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)," Modi said while addressing a business and community event here.
"Political relations between India and Singapore are among the warmest and closest," he said.
"There are no contests or claims, no irritants or doubts."
Stating that it is a natural partnership from a shared vision, he said defence relations between India and Singapore are also among the strongest.
Prior to attending the business and community event, he, accompanied by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, took a tour of the India-Singapore Enterprise and Innovation Exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre here.
On Friday, Modi will hold a summit with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and deliver the keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue, becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to do so in the Track I annual inter-governmental security forum.
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