Singapore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday gifted Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong a reproduction of a map of Singapore dating back to 1849.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong while signing agreements in Singapore. Pic/PTI
Measuring 52in x 52in and based on a survey that was done during 1842-45, the map depicts topographical details of parts of Singapore.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 24, 2015
The map also depicts a description of various points in the vicinity of Singapore town above the level of low water spring tides.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 24, 2015
The reproduction was done from the cartographic collection of the National Archives of India, New Delhi. https://t.co/lu2nPOQGXQ— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 24, 2015
India and Singapore on Tuesday signed a joint declaration on strategic partnership and nine accords cutting across various sectors following talks between Modi and Lee. After the signing of the documents, external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted that the two prime ministers noted the importance of culture between the two countries and encouraged more exhibitions, exchanges and interactions.
Modi and Lee noted their shared interest in furthering cooperation in the areas of science and technology, particularly in space, biomedicine and ayurveda, the spokesperson added. The two prime ministers also released two postal stamps showing Rashtrapati Bhavan and Istana, the Singaporean presidential palace, to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Earlier on Tuesday, Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Istana following which he met Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong. Modi arrived in Singapore from Malaysia on Monday in the second and last leg of his four-day visit to southeast Asia.