India and Singapore have vowed to fight terrorism and “all those” who encourage, support and finance it, asserting there can be no justification for terror acts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong recognised that “terrorism continues to remain the single most significant threat to peace and stability”, a joint statement issued during Lee’s India visit said on Thursday.
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It said during their talks on Tuesday, the two leaders reiterated their “strong commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stressed that there can be no justification for acts of terror on any grounds whatsoever”.
Lee expressed his condolences to the Indian government and the families of the victims of the Uri attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed, and stated that Singapore strongly condemns terrorist attacks of all forms.
“The two Prime Ministers affirmed their resolve to fight against global terrorism, terror organisations and networks and all those who encourage, support and finance them. They called for reinvigorating multilateral action on terrorism, including through the finalisation and adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations at the earliest,” the statement said.
During Lee’s five-day visit that will conclude on Friday, three MoUs were also signed between Singapore and India –including one dealing with Intellectual Property rights to facilitate greater business to business exchanges and collaborations.
Modi and Lee expressed satisfaction at the ongoing cooperation to address common security concerns, such as in the areas of counter-terrorism, maritime security, cyber security and illicit drug trafficking.
The two Prime Ministers recognised the importance of further strengthening economic cooperation between India and Singapore and the many complementaries and opportunities that exist between the two countries.
In this regard, they noted the holding of meetings by the Joint Working Group on Trade and Investment and the Financial Dialogue Preparatory Meeting as important initiatives as envisaged under the India-Singapore Strategic Partnership.
Modi welcomed the listing of Masala Bonds on the Singapore Exchange and briefed Lee about the efforts made to boost investments into India in the field of infrastructure development.
Modi and Lee held “wide-ranging discussions on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues in a warm, cordial and friendly atmosphere, reflecting the excellent bilateral ties,” the statement said.
Lee reaffirmed Singapore’s continuing support for India’s bid to become a permanent member in a reformed United Nations Security Council.
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