SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will make a three-day official visit to Australia from Tuesday (Oct 11), the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a press statement on Monday.
The visit of Mr Lee, at the invitation of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, marks the inaugural annual summit between the two leaders under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) between Singapore and Australia, said PMO. Mr Lee’s last official visit to Australia was in October 2012.
In this latest trip, Mr Lee will attend an official welcome ceremony at Parliament House and have separate meetings with Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, Mr Turnbull, leader of the opposition Bill Shorten, and Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory Andrew Barr.
Mr Lee will also be the first Singapore Prime Minister to address the Australian Parliament. He will be hosted by Mr Turnbull to an official luncheon at the Great Hall of Parliament House as well.
Both Prime Ministers will witness the signing of several agreements arising from the CSP package sealed in May this year, the PMO said. These include a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Military Training and Training Area Development in Australia, the Agreement to Amend the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the MOU on Cooperation in Innovation and Science, and the MOU on Combating Transnational Drug Crime and Developing Cooperation.
The Singapore Prime Minister will also lay a wreath at the Australian War Memorial and meet with Singaporeans at a reception at the Singapore High Commission in Canberra.
Mr Lee will be accompanied by Mrs Lee, Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen, Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, and Members of Parliament Lily Neo and Zaqy Mohamad.
During Mr Lee’s absence, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean will be the Acting Prime Minister, said the PMO.