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Singapore, India should step into future together: Modi

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    The Straits Times/Asia News Network

Singapore | Fri, June 1, 2018 | 12:26 pm
Singapore, India should step into future together: Modi Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving a grand welcome from the Indian community in Singapore yesterday after he arrived for an official visit. He attended a business event last night, where he met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and later toured an exhibition of local and Indian start-ups in areas such as artificial intelligence, fintech and cyber security. Mr Modi will give the keynote at the Shangri-La Dialogue on June 1, 2018. (The Straits Time/Indian Ministry of External Affairs)

The two Lions, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dubbed Singapore and India last night, "should step into the future together".

Mr Modi told around 4,500 business people at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre that economic ties are "the heartbeat" of the relationships between the two countries, with greater opportunities lying ahead. He noted that his nation has made tremendous progress economically, creating a new India rich in innovation and start-ups, entrepreneurs, skilled workers and "sweeping" digitisation that touches all aspect of life. It is in these areas - start-ups, innovation and all things digital - where Singapore and India should deepen their economic ties further, he noted.

Mr Modi, who began a three-day official visit here on May 31, will meet President Halimah Yacob and lunch with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday.

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