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India and Singapore to boost cooperation in face of radicalisation threat posed by Iraq, Syria

Published on Aug 19, 2014 11:29 PM
A photograph received from the Ministry of Defence on August 19, 2014 shows Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen (left) shaking hands with Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley at South Block in New Delhi. Dr Ng said events in Syria and Iraq, and increasing "opportunities for the radicalisation of people" in their home countries was discussed in all his meetings with the Indian leadership. -- PHOTO: AFP 

NEW DELHI - India and Singapore are looking at stepping up intelligence cooperation and sharing of information to combat the growing threat of transnational terrorism, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen has said.

Echoing a growing concern among security officials worldwide, Dr Ng, who is in India for a three-day official visit, noted that the conflicts in Iraq and Syria were helping to spawn a new "multi-national force’" of militants from Asia, Europe and beyond.

As such, the sharing of information among countries was "crucial" to countering the threat.

He added: "The more we know, the safer we can be and better prepared we are. And no single country or agency can know everything. We have to come together and share information."

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