Asean Summit: PM Lee, New Zealand counterpart John Key meet on sidelines of summit

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (far right) and New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key (second right) stand with (from left) Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, South Korea's President Park Geu
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (far right) and New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key (second right) stand with (from left) Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, South Korea's President Park Geun Hye and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha as they pose for a picture at the 9th East Asia Summit (ESA) in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw on Nov 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

NAYPYITAW (Myanmar) - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met his New Zealand counterpart John Key in a bilateral meeting on Thursday morning on the sidelines of the 25th Asean Summit in Naypyitaw.

During the meeting, both leaders discussed regional economic and security issues, and reaffirmed  the long-standing close ties between the two countries.

Mr Key, in a tweet after the meeting, said: "Had good discussions in Myanmar this morning with the Prime Minister of Singapore and the President of Indonesia."

Mr Key's centre-right government was returned for a third three-year term at the general election in September, and Mr Lee had then congratulated him on his "resounding win" in a letter.

Mr Key has close ties with Singapore, having worked there in the mid-1990s as a Merrill Lynch senior executive.

Singapore and New Zealand will celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations next year.

yanliang@sph.com.sg