Washington: India and the United States have pledged to continue their strong bilateral strategic partnership, the Pentagon said after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

Mattis met the prime minister on the sidelines of the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ 17th Asia Security Summit also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday.

“The two discussed the importance of the US-India relationship, and the role of both nations in cooperating to uphold international laws and principles, and to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific,” defence spokesperson Captain Jeff Davis said here yesterday.

The two leaders “pledged to continue the strong US-India strategic partnership and affirmed their commitment to maintaining peace, stability and prosperity in the region,” Davis said in a readout of the meeting.

Modi visited the National Orchid Garden where an orchid was named after him Dendrobrium Narendra Modi. “A strong and robust tropical orchid which produces upright inflorescences up to 38 cm long with 14-20 well-arranged flowers,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

PM Modi also visited the Mariamman Temple. It is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and was built in 1827. It is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman.

Accompanied by Singapore culture minister Grace Yien, Modi visited the Chulia mosque which was built by Chulia Muslim merchants from India’s Coromandel coast, under the leadership of Anser Sahib. “Demonstrating the age-old people-to-people contact between our two countries,” Kumar said in a separate tweet. Modi and Yien also visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

Modi and Yien visited the Indian Heritage Centre where the PM unveiled the Kala Sangam, a permanent platform established by the Indian High Commission in Singapore and the heritage centre to bring Indian artisans to Singapore to demonstrate their craft.

Prime Minister Modi also went on board a visiting an Indian naval ship INS Satpura at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore.