The statement said Modi recalled his long personal association with Tong.
He also recalled Tong's special contribution to the development of bilateral relations. Goh congratulated Modi on his emphatic victory in the general elections and "for presenting an ambitious vision of India's economic and social transformation".
"He encouraged the prime minister to work towards developing India as a global manufacturer through a combination of skill development, standard setting and access to the global market," the statement said.It said the Singapore leader called upon India to engage more proactively with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership initiative. He also emphasised that a prosperous India was critical for the peace and prosperity of the entire Asian region.