Minister for Foreign Affairs Kishida Pays Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore
During his visit to the Republic of Singapore, Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, for approximately 40 minutes from around 3:30 p.m. (local time) on Friday, January 11. The following is an overview of the meeting.
- At the beginning, Minister Kishida said Japan put priority on the relationship with Singapore and that Japan would like to actively cooperate with Singapore not only on bilateral relations but also on regional and international issues. In response, Prime Minister Lee welcomed the statement and expressed his expectations of Japan contributing to regional peace and prosperity.
- Regarding bilateral relations, the two sides shared the recognition that they would further strengthen the relationship at every level and promote cooperation in the economic and security areas as well.
- As for ASEAN-related issues, Minister Kishida noted that this year marked the 40th anniversary of Japan-ASEAN friendship cooperation, and the two sides shared the view that they would closely cooperate with each other toward a Japan-ASEAN special summit meeting set for December. Minister Kishida and Prime Minister Lee exchanged views on the regional and international situations, including the South China Sea.
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