PM Lee meets Philippine President Duterte for first time

PM Lee meets Philippine President Duterte for first time

In a bilateral meeting at the ASEAN Summit in Laos, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also invited President Rodrigo Duterte to visit Singapore.

PM Lee meets President Duterte at ASEAN Summit

VIENTIANE, Laos: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for the first time on Tuesday (Sep 6).

In a bilateral meeting of the two leaders ahead of the official opening of the ASEAN Summit, Mr Lee invited Mr Duterte to visit Singapore, said the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

"PM congratulated President Duterte on his election," the statement added.

"Both leaders reaffirmed the long and close ties between the two countries and looked forward to the celebrations of the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations in 2019. They discussed domestic and regional developments," PMO said.

SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA REAFFIRM RELATIONSHIP

Separately, Mr Lee met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday evening, where they reaffirmed the "excellent relationship between the two countries", according to PMO.

During their meeting, Mr Turnbull welcomed Mr Lee's visit to Australia in October, and looked forward to Mr Lee's address to the joint sitting of the Federal Parliament.

Both leaders also welcomed stronger bilateral relations arising from the Singapore-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, PMO added.

Source: CNA/am

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