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President Tony Tan in Australia for state visit

Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam has arrived in the capital of Canberra for a six-day state visit to Australia.

CANBERRA: Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam has arrived in the capital of Canberra for a six-day state visit to Australia.

Dr Tan and his wife arrived on Sunday morning (15 June) at the Fairbairn Airbase.

They were received by representatives from the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and other officials.

In the afternoon, Dr Tan met the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Katy Gallagher.

She hosted the president's visit to Canberra's National Arboretum, which has a collection of rare, endangered and symbolic forests for research and preservation.

There, Dr Tan and his wife planted a Pink Silk tree.

"I just had the opportunity to meet with (the) President of Singapore to talk about the friendship that exists between our countries and what greater way to symbolise that than (to) plant a tree to forever remind visitors of the National Arboretum, (and) how important the friendship is," said Katy Gallagher.

Canberra's National Arboretum was opened early last year and it has a collection of ceremonial trees planted by visiting heads of government and ambassadors.

This is Dr Tan's first visit to Australia as Singapore's President.

He is there at the invitation of Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, whom Dr Tan is expected to meet on Monday.
 

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