External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar meets Singapore Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence; discusses bilateral relations and global developments: The Tribune India


Singapore, July 6

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday met with two key Singapore leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, and exchanged views on the global economic and political situation, and discussed the ways to strengthen bilateral relations and take them to the next level. .

Jaishankar stopped over in Singapore en route to Indonesia to attend the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bali on July 7-8.

“Nice to meet DPM and Finance Minister @LawrenceWongST in Singapore. A good discussion on how to take our bilateral partnership to the next level. We also exchanged views on the global political and economic situation,” said said Jaishankar in a tweet.

“India and Singapore are close and long-standing friends with a substantial relationship in many areas. So it was good to meet India’s External Affairs Minister @DrSJaishankar this morning to discuss areas of bilateral cooperation and developments broader geopolitics,” Wong said in a tweet after meeting Jaishankar.

Besides Wong, Jaishankar also met with Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen.

“Thank you to Singapore Defense Minister @Ng_Eng_Hen for hosting me this afternoon. We enjoyed our conversation. Always benefit from his insights and insights,” Jaishankar tweeted.

“Nice to have lunch with India’s External Affairs Minister @DrSJaishankar. As always, I find pearls of wisdom in our conversations to achieve stability for both our countries and the region,” Ng Eng Hen tweeted.

India-Singapore relations are based on shared values ​​and approaches, economic opportunities and convergence of interests on key issues. Defense relationships are particularly strong.

Economic and technological ties are extensive and growing. Singapore is India’s 6th largest trading partner (2020-21) with a share of 3.2% of India’s total trade.

In 2021-22 (April-September 2021), bilateral trade amounted to USD 14.2 billion.

The G20 is a leading grouping that brings together the world’s major economies.

Its members represent over 80% of global GDP, 75% of global trade and 60% of the world’s population.

The Foreign Ministry said Jaishankar is expected to hold several bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other G20 member states on the sidelines of the two-day meeting of foreign ministers.

The foreign ministers of China, Russia and the United States are expected to be present in Bali.

Shirlene J. Manley