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Shanmugam, US senators reaffirm bilateral ties

Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam had meetings with several United States senators on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, where they reaffirmed the long-standing and excellent bilateral relations between Singapore and the US.

SINGAPORE: Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam had meetings with several United States senators on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, where they reaffirmed the long-standing and excellent bilateral relations between Singapore and the US.

They noted the considerable number of jobs created by Singapore companies such as Keppel AmFels and ST Engineering in Texas and Virginia.

Mr Shanmugam, who is also Singapore's Law Minister, is in Washington DC for a week of meetings with key US leaders.

On Tuesday, he met member of the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), member of the Committee on Armed Service Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Near East, South and Central Asian Affairs Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia).

Mr Shanmugam and Senator Flake also welcomed the 20th anniversary last year of the Republic of Singapore Air Force's Peace Carvin II F-16 detachment at Luke Airforce base in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mr Shanmugam and the senators expressed confidence in deepening cooperation between the two countries and their respective states.

They also discussed regional and international developments, including the importance of bringing ongoing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership to a successful conclusion.

Mr Shanmugam also met Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.

They reaffirmed the excellent state of bilateral cooperation, and expressed commitment in enhancing law enforcement and homeland security cooperation.

Both sides noted the good cooperation in counter-proliferation and counter-terrorism, and welcomed the upcoming Law Enforcement and Homeland Security and Safety Cooperation Dialogue that will be taking place in June in Washington DC. 

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