Singapore: On the second day of his two-day visit to Singapore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took part in the ASEAN-India Informal Breakfast Summit along with leaders of other nations. Also Read - Jaishankar on 2-Day Visit to Bangkok to Attend ASEAN-related Meetings
He will be distributing awards to the winning teams and interact with the participants and winners of the joint India-Singapore Hackathon. Also Read - 'Financial Inclusion Has Become Reality For 1.3 Billion Indians': PM Modi at Fintech Festival
Later, PM Modi will take part in the East Asia Summit Lunch and the 13th East Asia Summit Plenary, before leaving for New Delhi. Also Read - Modi in Singapore: PM Meets His Australian Counterpart Scott Morrison
On Wednesday, the prime minister met United States Vice President Mike Pence and held talks on a wide range of bilateral and global issues of mutual interests including defence and trade cooperation, ways to counter terrorism and the need for maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific.
There was some discussion on the issue of terrorism. Pence referred to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the deadly Mumbai terror attack on November 26 and hailed cooperation between the two sides on counter terrorism.
PM Modi also held separate bilateral meetings with the premiers of Singapore, Australia and Thailand and discussed ways to further strengthen ties, including in areas of trade, defence and security.
Earlier, he delivered a keynote address at the Singapore Fintech Festival, where he pitched India as the “best” investment destination for tech firms.
“Financial inclusion has become a reality for 1.3 billion Indians. We have generated more than 1.2 billion biometric identities – Aadhaar or foundation – in just a few years,” he said at the prestigious event.