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World leaders meet PM Lee at Istana

Several leaders in Singapore for the Shangri-La Dialogue called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on Saturday afternoon.

SINGAPORE: Several leaders in Singapore for the Shangri-La Dialogue called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Lee met with US Senator Benjamin Cardin, and both affirmed the excellent relations between the two countries.

Mr Lee also welcomed the US' commitment to continue deepening its engagement of the Asia-Pacific region.

They also exchanged views on strategic geopolitical developments, including the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China's National People's Congress, Fu Ying, also called on Mr Lee, where they spoke on recent regional and international developments.

Both parties agreed there was a need to enhance mutual trust to manage differences.

They also discussed bilateral relations and deepening co-operation.

Leaders from the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) also met with Mr Lee.

They include defence ministers from Australia (Mr David Johnston), New Zealand (Dr Jonathan Coleman) and the United Kingdom (Mr Philip Hammond).

Dr Haji Ismail Haji Ahmad, the Secretary-General of MINDEF-KL in Malaysia, also met Mr Lee together with the defence ministers. 

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