Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Indonesia and Singapore next week to give an impetus to India’s ‘Act East’ policy.
India is expected to sign key agreements in defence and other areas with both Indonesia and Singapore during Modi’s five-day visit to the two South-east Asian nations, beginning on 29 May.
Briefing the media here on Thursday, Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry, said the PM would reach Indonesia on 29 May on the first leg of his tour. This would be his first official visit to Indonesia, a close maritime neighbour of India. Modi will have meetings with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and other leaders on 30-31 May. India and Indonesia are expected to sign an agreement the renewal of defence cooperation, apart from accords in areas like science and technology.
The Indian leader is also expected to visit Hero National Cemetery, a Buddhist temple and other national monuments and interact with the Indonesian business community. He will also address a gathering of the Indian diaspora. Both India and Indonesia will unveil a logo marking 70 years of diplomatic ties.
Modi will reach Singapore on the evening of 31 May to deliver the keynote address at the prestigious ‘Shangri-La Dialogue’ the next day. This is the first time that an Indian PM has been invited to deliver the keynote address. The dialogue provides the PM an opportunity to articulate his thoughts about India’s policy on peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region. The PM is also likely to share his philosophy on ‘Sagarmala’ during the address.
He will also have bilateral talks with Singapore PM Lee Hsein Loong and other leaders. The two countries will sign accords in defence, skill development and other areas.