New Delhi: India and Singapore on Wednesday reviewed the progress of several bilateral defence cooperation initiatives being pursued over the last year and expressed commitment to further elevate the scale of engagements between the armed forces.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Singaporean counterpart Ng Eng Hen held virtual 5th India-Singapore Defence Ministers Dialogue and expressed satisfaction at the progress of ongoing defence cooperation engagements between the two countries despite limitations imposed by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The two leaders also discussed enhancing ties in the areas of defence technology and industry as well.

During the virtual meeting, Singh conveyed his compliments on the effectiveness of pandemic mitigation measures implemented in Singapore and the contribution of Singapore Armed Forces in restricting the spread of Covid-19. 

He also highlighted the role of Indian Armed Forces in combating the pandemic and various missions undertaken to assist in repatriation of Indians stranded overseas. 

During the dialogue both ministers discussed new areas of potential cooperation and articulated their vision in this direction, an official said.

In their presence, Indian Navy and Singaporean Navy signed an Implementing Agreement on Submarine Rescue Support and Cooperation.