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Vivian Balakrishnan to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bali

Vivian Balakrishnan to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bali

Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan speaking during an interview with CNA. (File photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will make a working visit to Bali from Jul 7 to Jul 8 to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

Singapore is attending the meeting at the invitation of Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, said the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Thursday (Jul 7). 

"Singapore has been invited as Convenor of the Global Governance Group, which comprises 30 small- and medium-sized members of the United Nations and which seeks to facilitate greater dialogue between the G20 and the wider UN membership," added MFA.

Against the backdrop of increased geopolitical tensions, high inflation and concerns over the global supply chain, MFA said the foreign ministers will focus their discussions on strengthening multilateralism as well as addressing food and energy security. 

They will be guided by the theme of Indonesia’s 2022 G20 Presidency “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”.

MFA said Dr Balakrishnan will also have bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other countries on the sidelines of the G20 meeting.

He will be accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The gathering in Bali will be the first time that foreign ministers from some of the world's top economies meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

Ukraine's ambassador to Indonesia Vasyl Hamianin also said his country's foreign minister would give a virtual address at the Bali meeting.

Ukraine is not a member of the G20, but the chairs of the grouping have previously invited countries as guests to join meetings.

Source: CNA/fh(zl)

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