Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is likely to visit Singapore in June, on Thursday invited Singapore Airlines to start operations in Guwahati in northeast India. The key northeastern India’s city can emerge as an important hub for connectivity with ASEAN region, a senior MEA official said.
Mr Modi is likely to be in Singapore in June to attend the flagship programme Shangri-La Dialogue. “Prime Minister has been invited for the Shangri-La Dialogue as the chief guest. Prime Minister has accepted the invitation. He will be visiting in June,” Secretary East in the Ministry of External Affairs Preeti Saran told reporters.
Briefing reporters about the bilateral parleys between Mr Modi and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, she said India always attaches great importance to Singapore and moreover in 2018, Singapore is also the Chair of the ASEAN.
Mr Loong is here to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and also to be guest of honour along with nine other ASEAN nation heads for the grand Republic Day celebrations on Friday.
During bilateral talks, Prime Minister Modi has appreciated Singapore’s role in cementing greater ties between India and the ASEAN as a bloc.
Ms Saran also said that earlier this month, Singapore has hosted Pravasi Bharati Diwas – which saw overwhelming participation of Indian diaspora from all the ten ASEAN countries.
Both the leaders Mr Modi and Mr Loong also spoke about cashless economy and discussed ways and means to evolve some transaction norms for Indian Rupee and Singapore currency and also about enhancing cooperation in the civil aviation sector.