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Visit to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia to boost Act East Policy: PM

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

On the eve of his visit to Indonesia, and Malaysia, said today that had a robust strategic partnership with all the three countries and his visit would provide a further boost to the country's Act East Policy.

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 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 page, the said he would be in tomorrow on the invitation of Indonesian

"This is my first visit to as Prime Minister. I am looking forward to my discussions with Widodo on 30 May, as also to our joint interaction with the India-CEOs Forum. I will also address the Indian community in Indonesia," he said.

He said and enjoyed strong and friendly ties and shared deep historical and civilisational linkages.

"Both countries are multi-ethnic, multi-religious, plural and open societies. I am confident that my visit to Indonesia will create greater synergy between Asia's two largest democracies and further elevate our bilateral ties," he said.

He said, on May 31, on his way to Singapore, he will make a brief halt in to congratulate the new Malaysian leadership and looks forward to meet Prime Minister

"In Singapore, I will be focusing on enhancing India-partnership in areas of Fintech, skill development, urban planning and entities have become major partners with 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 Halimah Yacob and hold delegation level talks with Singapore Prime Minister (Hsien Loong).

"(I) am looking forward to my visit to the where I would interact with young students," he said.

Later in the evening, he will deliver the keynote address at Shangri-La Dialogue.

"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.

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.

"The last element of my programme would be a visit to the in Singapore where I will visit the Indian Naval Ship INS Satpura and interact with officers and sailors of the and

"I am confident that my visit to Indonesia, and Singapore will provide a further boost to our Act East Policy and enhance our relations and engagements with all the three countries," he said.

India's Act East Policy, that was introduced by the Modi government, focusses on the extended neighbourhood in the region.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, May 28 2018. 21:50 IST
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