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Modi to visit Indonesia, Singapore from May 29 to June 2

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Indonesia and Singapore from May 29 to June 2. It will be his first official visit to Indonesia and second to Singapore.

During his visit to Singapore, the Prime Minister will also deliver the key note address at Shangri-La Dialogue on June 1, Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry Preeti Saran said at a press conference here on Thursday.

Mr. Modi’s visit to Indonesia and Singapore is part of India’s continued engagement with the region and in keeping with the Act East policy, she said.

“India and Indonesia will also mark 70years of their diplomatic relations. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has earlier visited India and was also part of ASEAN leaders who were guests of honour at this year’s Republic Day celebrations,’’ the top MEA official said.

Mr. Modi will sign several agreements in important sectors with both Indonesia and Singapore, she said.

The highlight of the Prime Minister’s visit to Singapore will be his keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue. It will be for the first time that India’s Prime Minister will be delivering the keynote address at the prestigious Shangri-La Dialogue.

It will be an occasion for the Prime Minister to spell out his thoughts and philosophy about India’s views on defence, security and maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, she said.

Prime Minister Modi will hold talks with the Indonesian leadership on major areas of cooperation between the two countries like science and technology, trade and commerce and increasing connectivity as a whole with the ASEAN nations.

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