India and Singapore on Friday held the first dialogue between their Defence Ministers as they agreed to enhance the scale and complexity of existing bilateral military interaction, at a time when freedom of navigation in international waterways has emerged as a major concern.

The first Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between Manohar Parrikar and his Singaporean counterpart Ng Eng Hen marked raising of bilateral defence cooperation to the highest level.

“We had very detailed discussions. We have agreed on expanding the interaction between the armed forces and defence R&D and industry participation,” Parrikar told reporters after the dialogue.