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PM Modi Holds Closed Door Meeting With US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

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| June 2 , 2018 , 14:37 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a three-nation tour South East Asia tour met US General Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in Singapore today and discussed security-related issues; days after Pentagon renamed Pacific Command as Indo Pacific Command signalling India’s importance in US Military.

On the last leg of his three-nation tour, PM Modi held a closed-door meeting with Mattis during which both sides discussed the security-related issues of mutual and global interest.

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National Security Adviser Ajit Doval was also present at the meeting that lasted nearly an hour. The meeting was held on the Sidelines of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue which was addressed by Prime Minister last night.

“The Focus of conversion was on the region in the context of PM’s keynote addresses at the # SLD18 yesterday evening,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.  

In his keynote address, Modi said that an 'Asia of Rivalry' will hold the region back while 'Asia of Cooperation' will shape the current century.

Asia and the world will have a better future when India and China work together with trust and confidence while being sensitive to each other’s interest, he had said.

“We should all have equal right as a right under the international law to use the common spaces at the sea and the air that would require freedom of navigation, unimpeded commerce and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law,” he further said.

Besides this formal meeting, Modi visited Chulia Mosque, one of the oldest in the city and the Sri Mariamman Temple in Singapore.