PM Lee meets Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull at Asean summit

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong shaking hands with Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull at the Asean Summit in Vientiane, Laos, on Sept 6, 2016.
Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong shaking hands with Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull at the Asean Summit in Vientiane, Laos, on Sept 6, 2016.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

VIENTIANE - Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday (Sept 6) evening, following the first day of Asean Summit meetings.

Mr Lee's press secretary Chang Li Lin said that Mr Turnbull welcomed Mr Lee's visit to Australia next month and looked forward to Mr Lee's address to the joint sitting of the Federal Parliament during the coming trip.

Both leaders also affirmed the excellent relationship between the two countries, and welcomed the elevation of bilateral relations arising from the Singapore-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

The two countries concluded the landmark agreement to deepen economic integration, expand defence cooperation and to jointly promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Sydney in May, which builds on the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) adopted in June last year by the prime ministers of both countries.

Mr Turnbull is set to offer more help to regional leaders to counter terrorism, after he warned on Tuesday that the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) is likely to resort to more "lone wolf" attacks.

Australia has already stepped up cooperation with countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia in the fight against extremism, but Mr Turnbull is seeking greater cooperation in areas such as intelligence sharing.