India, Singapore join hands for enhanced maritime security | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2017

India, Singapore join hands for enhanced maritime security

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Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Wednesday said he will “encourage” Indian naval ships to visit Changi Naval Base in Singapore, close to the South China Sea, more often. The two countries vowed to strengthen defence ties and signed an agreement on naval cooperation.
The Changi Naval base is located along the Singapore Strait, which through the Karimata Strait leads to the South China Sea, an area witnessing escalating tension with China claiming almost 80 per cent of the waters as its territory.
Speaking at a joint press conference after holding the second Singapore-India Defence Ministers’ Dialogue , Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Singapore counterpart stressed on ensuring freedom of navigation, and maintaining international rule of law.
In response to a question on whether Singapore would allow operational turnaround to Indian naval ships at their naval base, Ng said: “I would respond categorically — I would not just be comfortable, I would encourage the Indian Navy to visit Changi Naval Base more often.”

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