New Delhi, May 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to embark on a two-nation tour, including Indonesia and Singapore on Tuesday. He will arrive in Indonesia on May 29 and leave for Singapore from there on May 31 for a three-day visit. He is expected to hold delegation level talks and bilateral talks with leaders of both the nations on key issues, including the defence sector. Notably, this will be PM Modi’s first official visit to Indonesia and his second official visit to Singapore.
In Indonesia, Prime Minister Modi and President Widodo will have a number of engagements, where they are expected to hold discussions on wide-ranging issues of mutual interests. The two leaders will participate in a public activity. President Widodo will also host a banquet for Prime Minister Modi as well.
Speaking to ANI over PM Modi’s maiden visit to the country, Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat said that both countries are looking for joint-cooperation to counter terrorism. “Both India and Indonesia face similar challenges. Our position against the scourge of terrorism is clear. We believe in both softer and harder approaches in tackling this issue,” Rawat asserted.
On the other hand, in Singapore, PM Modi will hold bilateral talks with his Singaporean counterpart and deliver the key note address at the Shangri-La Dialogue which is expected to be attended by top leaders from several important countries. Modi will for the first time be addressing the world since his extensive one-to-one dialogues with government heads of China, Russia, France as well as Commonwealth heads of government that had gathered in London.
It will also be a first time for the Shangri-La Dialogue to hear an Indian Prime Minister sharing his wide-ranging views on the world facing great uncertainties and flux. The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, first convened in 2002, is an annual meeting for defence ministers, military chiefs and top-ranking defence officials from across the Asia-Pacific and other countries vitally concerned with the region’s security.
According to the reports, PM Modi will also make a brief stopover in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 31 to meet the newly elected Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Mohammad.
Ninety-two-year-old Mahathir was sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister on May 10 after leading the opposition alliance to a stunning election victory over the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which had ruled Malaysia since 1957. During their meeting, Modi and Mahathir are expected to deliberate on ways to deepen bilateral relationship in a range of areas, including trade and investment.
(With agency inputs)