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Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (centre) and Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan (third from right) during Mohamad’s official visit to the island republic, in Singapore on May 28, 2024. — Picture via FACEBOOK/WISMA PUTRA

Singapore to closely support Malaysia in its Asean chairmanship

SINGAPORE, May 28 — Singapore is ready to work closely with Malaysia in support of the latter’s Asean Chairmanship next year.

Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said this was conveyed by Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan to his Malaysian counterpart, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, who has been in the republic for a two-day official visit since yesterday.

“They also discussed ways to strengthen Asean Centrality and ensure Southeast Asia remains a bright spot globally,” MFA said in a statement today.

During the discussions, both ministers also underscored the importance of continuing close cooperation to deliver mutual benefit for the peoples of the two countries.

This includes enhancing economic cooperation and connectivity through initiatives like the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link and the Johor-Singapore Special Economic Zone while addressing bilateral issues constructively.

“They agreed that both sides should continue to make progress on these issues ahead of the 11th Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat in Malaysia later this year,” MFA said.

On Facebook, Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry said the two ministers discussed various aspects of Malaysia-Singapore bilateral relations, including the potential for collaboration in new emerging sectors.

“Their discussion also touched upon key regional and international issues of mutual concern,” it said.

Meanwhile, Mohamad also called on President Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Prime Minister Lawrence Wong, and Senior Minister Lee Hsien Loong earlier today.

All three Singapore leaders reaffirmed the robust partnership and historic people-to-people ties between Singapore and Malaysia.

Both sides also reiterated their strong commitment to continuing the high-level exchanges and working together bilaterally and within Asean amidst a more uncertain geopolitical environment.

Meanwhile, Wong said he appreciates Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s invitation invitation to make an early introductory visit to Malaysia.

In a Facebook post, he said he is happy to accept Anwar’s invitation to make the visit to Malaysia soon, before the annual Leader’s Retreat later this year.

“I am happy to accept his invitation, and will schedule an early visit to KL (Kuala Lumpur), as part of a series of introductory visits to Asean capitals,” he said.

This is Mohamad’s first official visit to the republic as Foreign Minister. He departs Singapore later tonight.

— Bernama

(from left to right) Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and Singaporean Prime Minister Lawrence Wong, during Mohamad’s courtesy call on Wong as part of his official visit to the island republic, in Singapore on May 28, 2024. — Picture via FACEBOOK/LAWRENCE WONG


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