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On January 20, 2021, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh co-chaired the fifth India-Singapore Defence Ministers Dialogue along with Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence, Republic of Singapore. During their virtual interaction, both Ministers expressed satisfaction at the progress of ongoing defence cooperation engagements between the two countries despite limitations imposed by ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh conveyed his compliments on effectiveness of pandemic mitigation measures implemented in Singapore. He also highlighted the role of the Indian Armed Forces in combating COVID-19 and various missions undertaken to assist in repatriation of Indians stranded overseas. Both Ministers also expressed satisfaction at the growing defence ties between the two countries. The Ministers witnessed the Signing of the Implementing Agreement on Submarine Rescue Support and Cooperation signed between the Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy. Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar was present during the meeting.