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Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam, who is in New York, has had a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from various countries on the sidelines of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
SINGAPORE: Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam, who is in New York, has had a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from various countries on the sidelines of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
In discussions with the US Deputy Secretary of State, William Burns, both sides took stock of the US-Singapore relationship. They also discussed developments in ASEAN and the broader Asian regional architecture, as well as ways in which the US could deepen its engagement with the region.
In his talks with the Minister of External Relations of Cape Verde, Jorge Alberto Da Silva Borges, Mr Shanmugam discussed ways to enhance cooperation in the maritime sector, given its importance to small island states such as Cape Verde and Singapore.
He also welcomed Cape Verde's intention to appoint an Honorary Consul General to Singapore.
Mr Shanmugam also met the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr Zlatko Lagumdzija. They discussed ways in which both sides could share experiences in economic development and growth, as well as ways in which to expand economic ties.
Mr Shanmugam also met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Monaco, José Badia. They noted the good cooperation between Monaco and Singapore in various multilateral fora, including the Global Governance Group (3G) and the Forum of Small States (FOSS).
In discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, both leaders noted the growing political and economic ties between the two countries.
These have been underscored by the recently inaugurated joint-venture project between Keppel Offshore and Marine and the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, for a 52-hectare ship-building and ship-repair yard in Baku.
During his meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Palestine, Dr Riyad Al-Maliki, Mr Shanmugam discussed how to further develop the relationship, as well as developments in the Middle East Peace Process.
Mr Shanmugam also affirmed Singapore's commitment to help the Palestinian National Authority in its capacity-building efforts, and encouraged Palestinian officials to take up training courses in Singapore.
He also met Moldova's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Valeriu Chiveri. They discussed the importance of small states cooperating with and supporting each other.