Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held a series of bilateral meetings with her counterparts from ASEAN nations and US Defence Secretary on the sidelines of ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meet on Friday.
Defence Ministers from ASEAN countries and that of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Russia, China, South Korea, and the US have gathered here for the 12th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and the 5th ADMM-Plus, which is being hosted by Singapore.
“Smt @nsitharaman in a bilateral meeting with #SecDef James Mattis, United States Secretary of Defense on the sidelines of ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meet (Plus) in Singapore,” the defence minister tweeted.
— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) October 19, 2018
As per the sources, India will also be extending the comprehensive bilateral defence collaboration with Singapore. A new agreement will be signed for the same along with the bilateral hosting of logistics and furthering supports for exchange visits by of naval vessels of the two countries.
Both the nations will also be celebrating 25 years of SINBEX – an annual exercise with a two-week naval exercise programme in the Bay of Bengal in the coming weeks.