Singapore welcomes Canada's initiatives to deepen engagement with Asean

Singapore's Foreign Minister K Shanmugam with his counterparts at the 15th Asean Plus Three Foreign Ministers' Meeting. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Singapore's Foreign Minister K Shanmugam with his counterparts at the 15th Asean Plus Three Foreign Ministers' Meeting. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - Singapore's Foreign Minister K Shanmugam welcomed Canada's initiatives to deepen its engagement with Asean, including plans to establish a dedicated Mission to Asean.

"Canada's relationship with Asean is one of our key foreign policy priorities," said Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird during the Asean-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference held on Saturday in Myanmar's capital city, co-chaired by Mr Shanmugam.

"We continue to expand our regional engagement in areas that support Asean's community-building objectives and that contribute to fostering peace, security and prosperity," he said according to an official media release.

Both foreign ministers are in Myanmar to attend the 47th Asean Ministerial Meeting and Related Meetings. Singapore is the country coordinator for Asean-Canada dialogue relations.

Mr Shanmugam also reaffirmed friendly relations with his counterparts from Timor-Leste and Mongolia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

With Mongolia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Luvsanvandan Bold, Mr Shanmugam discussed ways to deepen bilateral cooperation as well as Mongolia's engagement of Asean.

Mr Shanmugam also congratulated Timor-Leste's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Dr José Luis Guterres on the successful hosting of the 10th Summit of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries in Dili, Timor-Leste.

At the 15th Asean Plus Three (APT) Foreign Ministers' Meeting, foreign ministers reviewed the APT's broad-based cooperation in various areas, from humanitarian aid to disaster relief, finance, food, security and tourism.

The ministers also emphasised the importance of implementing the APT Cooperation Work Plan 2013-2017 and noted that the APT process was an important vehicle to promote greater functional cooperation in the East Asian region.