Vivian Balakrishnan and Mike Pompeo reaffirm Singapore-US bilateral ties, discuss Covid-19, South China Sea in phone call
SINGAPORE - Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan received a telephone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday (Aug 4).. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Both sides reaffirmed the excellent and longstanding ties between Singapore and the United States, underpinned by strong cooperation in economic, defence and security matters.Dr Balakrishnan welcomed the United States' sustained, constructive and stabilising presence in the region and its continued engagement and efforts to strengthen cooperation with regional partners and Asean, including to overcome the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr Balakrishnan and Mr Pompeo agreed on the importance of ensuring that vaccines will be made available globally. They also discussed collaboration in the research and development, manufacturing and distribution of vaccines, and the possibility of leveraging the strong US commercial presence in Singapore, including in pharmaceuticals, to this end.
Both sides welcomed the new areas of bilateral cooperation in infrastructure and trade, as well as customs facilitation, which will increase bilateral trade and strengthen the United States' economic engagement of South-east Asia. Read more: The Straits Times »
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