Singapore willing to expand maritime cooperation with India in the Malacca straits; heres more on it
In yet another boost for India and its foreign affairs, Singapore has expressed its willingness to expand maritime cooperation with India in the Malacca straits and the Andaman Sea.
This was confirmed by visiting Singapore Defence Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen.
He also addressed a joint press conference along with his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman after the second Defence Ministerial dialogue.
These comments are significant as the Strait of Malacca is a critical choke point for global commerce and is seen by China as a vulnerability for its energy supplies.
Early this year, the Indian Navy has permanently deployed a frontline warship at the mouth of the straits to keep an eye on increasing Chinese movements in the Indian Ocean.
Dr. Ng said it makes sense for countries to cooperate not only to establish maritime security but to maintain freedom of navigation because “we know it is lifeline for economies”.
He also welcomed the Indian Navy to use their naval facilities for operational turnaround.>