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Singapore and Canada have reaffirmed their longstanding, warm and friendly relations, after Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam met with and was hosted to dinner on Wednesday by his Canadian counterpart, John Baird, in Ottawa.
SINGAPORE: Singapore and Canada have reaffirmed their longstanding, warm and friendly relations, after Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam met with and was hosted to dinner on Wednesday by his Canadian counterpart, John Baird, in Ottawa.
Mr Shanmugam is on his first official visit to Canada from September 16-19.
Both leaders noted with satisfaction the upswing in high-level exchanges of visits between Canada and Singapore in the past two years -- including Governor-General David Johnston's visit in November 2011, and Mr Baird's first official visit to Singapore in March.
They also looked forward to the further expansion and deepening of bilateral cooperation.
A Foreign Affairs Ministry statement said Mr Shanmugam expressed appreciation for Canada's support of Singapore's successful application for Observership in the Arctic Council. He also conveyed Singapore's interest in exploring opportunities for closer Arctic cooperation during Canada's chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
The ministers also discussed ways to strengthen ASEAN-Canada cooperation, and exchanged views on international and regional developments, including Syria and the Middle East.
On September 17, Mr Shanmugam had lunch with Canadian Senator Victor Oh, a prominent member of the Chinese-Canadian and business community, and members of the Canadian parliament Brad Butt and John Carmichael.
Mr Shanmugam also met with the President of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Chair of the Arctic Council's Senior Arctic Officials Patrick Borbey.
Mr Shanmugam will head to New York next, where he will attend the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly.