Singapore - Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Singapore on Wednesday for a two-day visit during which he will attend the East Asia Summit, an ASEAN-India informal meet, the RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership summit ) and hold a meeting with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence.
Mr Modi became the first world leader to address the festival which was launched in 2016 and is in its third edition.
“Financial inclusion has become reality for 1.3 billion Indians. We have generated more than 1.2 billion biometric identities — Aadhaar or foundation — in just a few years,” Mr Modi said at the event.
In a tweet, Mr Modi thanked the Indian community for a "warm welcome amidst the rain".
"Extremely touched by the affection of the Indian community in Singapore. Their warm welcome, so early in the morning amidst the rain, was touching. India's diaspora makes our nation very proud. They have succeeded all over the world, in a wide range of areas," he tweeted.