Baird Welcomes Singapore’s Foreign Minister to Ottawa
September 18, 2013 - Ottawa - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird meets Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law of Singapore, strengthening the long-standing relationship between the two countries and highlighting new avenues of cooperation in multilateral forums.
This first-ever bilateral visit of a Singaporean foreign minister to Ottawa provided an opportunity to discuss shared interests and priorities, including critical international issues such as Syria and Iran; bilateral trade and investment relations; Canada’s increased engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); and the Arctic Council, which Canada currently chairs.
“Canada and Singapore have a strong and growing relationship,” said Baird. “Canada was pleased to support Singapore’s joining the Arctic Council as an observer, and we look forward to its contribution in that forum, particularly on safe Arctic shipping.”
Canada values Singapore’s views on regional and international issues, and welcomes its current role as Canada’s coordinating country with ASEAN, as Canada looks to further engage with ASEAN in the East Asia Summit process.
“The level of cooperation and engagement that underpins ASEAN-Canada relations is growing every year and keeps getting stronger,” said Baird. “Canada is to be a significant contributor to ASEAN’s community-building objectives, and we will continue to increase our engagement to its fullest potential.”
Canadian-Singapore cooperation in new multilateral organizations builds on the two countries’ long-standing engagement in APEC, ASEAN’s security-focused Regional Forum, the World Trade Organization and the Commonwealth.
For more information, visit Canada-Singapore Relations.
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