Australian Defence Minister calls on Singapore leaders

Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds fulfilled her Singapore equivalent Ng Eng Hen the other day and reaffirmed the close and longstanding defence relations between the two nations.

They fulfilled at Mindef headquarters where they talked about local and global security advancements, including the significance of enhancing regional counter-terrorism cooperation, said a Ministry of Defence declaration the other day.

It included that Ms Reynolds’ see was a key turning point in the lead-up to the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Singapore Army’ (SAF) training in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia. This is set up to occur later on this year.

Ms Reynolds likewise contacted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana

and Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat during her one-day introductory visit to Singapore. In a Facebook post after their meeting, PM Lee said he had a great conversation with Ms Reynolds on

regional and worldwide security obstacles, and how to resolve them together. Ms Reynolds and Dr Ng reaffirmed the deepening defence cooperation under the Singapore-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Collaboration, and welcomed the steady progress made in the joint development of training areas and advanced training centers in Queensland, said Mindef. The joint advancement is made under the treaty-level Contract Worrying Military Training and Training Location

Development in Australia, which both ministers signed in March this

year. The two leaders also declared the value of essential security platforms such as the Asean Defence Ministers’Meeting-Plus and the Five Power Defence Arrangements in dealing with security difficulties, and concurred

to continue the strong cooperation via these platforms. In a Facebook post yesterday, Dr Ng composed that Australia is one of Singapore’s closest defence partners.”It’s no surprise that each time we satisfy, our conversations are rich and efficient on a vast array of security difficulties, and there is a conference of minds in our approach to regional peace and stability,”he composed.

The Australian minister is on a trip to Asia that includes visits to Japan, Brunei and the Philippines. In a statement last week, she wrote that on the agenda for her Singapore go to was reviewing the 2 nations’considerable defence engagement, which has continued during the pandemic.”My see will supply an essential chance to

mark the 30th anniversary of Singapore’s basic training in Australia,”she wrote. She also visited Sembawang Air Base yesterday for a familiarisation flight in a Republic of Singapore Air Force

Super Puma helicopter. Health checks and safety measures were taken by the checking out delegation, stated Mindef. The SAF and the Australian Defence Force have a long history of military cooperation, with extensive interactions such as bilateral and multilateral training workouts and professional exchanges, it

included. Thank you Prime [email protected] for the warm and wide-ranging discussion on our crucial defence partnership. It was an honour to thank you personally for Singapore Army’support throughout the black summer bushfires. https://t.co/QZnmnycK4J!.?.!— Linda Reynolds (@lindareynoldswa )October 20, 2020

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