Singapore attaches importance to its ties with India: Tan

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Singapore attaches importance to its “excellent” relations with India and hopes for further transformation of the bilateral ties, country’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam said on Wednesday.

Lauding the rapid progress in expansion of bilateral ties, Tan emphasised the importance that Singapore attaches to its relations with India during his meeting with India’s newlyappointed High Commissioner to the country Jawed Ashraf who presented his credentials to him.

Expressing happiness at the “excellent” state of bilateral relations, Tan hoped for further transformation of the relationship between the two countries that are bound by history, culture, strong peopletopeople ties, broad range of common interests and shared pursuit of prosperity, said an official statement.

Tan conveyed his admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic vision, his bold decisions and India’s impressive progress under his leadership, it said.

Ashraf, who assumed office on November 16, conveyed to Tan the high level of importance that India attaches to its strategic partnership with Singapore and Singapore’s key role in India’s economic transformation and regional and global endeavours.

The High Commissioner also conveyed India’s gratitude for Tan’s personal contribution in diverse capacities to the strengthening of bilateral relations.