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Australia has invited Singapore to take part in the pilot programme of the New Colombo Plan to foster closer education links and deepen its ties with Asia.
SINGAPORE: Australia has invited Singapore to take part in the pilot programme of the New Colombo Plan to foster closer education links and deepen its ties with Asia.
This was discussed during the official visit of Australia's new Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday afternoon.
Ms Bishop was also hosted to dinner by Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam.
During the meetings, Ms Bishop briefed Mr Lee and Mr Shanmugam on the new Australian government's priorities and programmes.
Singapore's Foreign Affairs Ministry said Ms Bishop noted Singapore and Australia shared similar strategic perspectives.
The minister also reaffirmed the new Australian government's commitment to strengthening and deepening the already excellent bilateral relations between the two countries.
Ms Bishop noted that Singapore was the fourth largest investor in Australia and Australia's fifth largest global trading partner in 2012.
The discussions focused on ways to further enhance bilateral cooperation, such as through trade and business engagement.