Japanese PM Abe to attend and speak at Shangri-La Dialogue next year
- POSTED: 13 Dec 2013 21:39
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has accepted Singapore's invitation to attend and give a keynote address at The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore next year.
TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has accepted Singapore's invitation to attend and give a keynote address at the annual security summit, The Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore next year.
This was announced during a joint news conference after Mr Abe met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Tokyo on Friday.
Singapore had earlier invited Mr Abe to speak at the dialogue to present Japan's strategic views concerning security in the region.
The leaders of Singapore and Japan have reaffirmed the excellent bilateral relationship between the two countries.
During a discussion in Tokyo ahead of Saturday’s ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit, they spoke about the increasingly difficult security environment in Northeast Asia.
Mr Lee hopes countries involved in the territorial disputes will act with restraint and manage differences peacefully and in accordance with international law.
He said Singapore and Japan share a desire for continued peace and stability in the region.
Mr Lee said: "I am therefore very happy that Mr Abe has accepted my invitation to come and address the Shangri-La Dialogue next year, and to give a keynote address, because that is an opportunity to expound Japan's strategic view to a very significant audience of security, foreign policy people from all over the region, and the major powers.
"(It is) also an opportunity to make informal contact with many of the ministers and leaders who will be present."
Mr Abe said Japan and Singapore will also work together to strengthen ties between ASEAN and Japan.
He said: "In 2016, Singapore and Japan celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Prime Minister Lee and I are likely to meet on many occasions next year and I firmly believe that the partnership between the two countries will deepen."
The two leaders also agreed to renew the bilateral currency swap agreement.
The agreement is seen as an important symbol of financial cooperation which contributes to stability of financial markets.
Mr Lee also encouraged Japan to further liberalise the air services of both countries to promote economic and people-to-people exchanges.
This is the third time that Mr Lee and Mr Abe have met this year, keeping the momentum of good exchanges between the two countries.
Mr Lee was in Tokyo to attend the Nikkei Conference in May, and Mr Abe visited Singapore in July.