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PM Lee thanks Dutch PM for support of EU-Singapore FTA

Published on Mar 23, 2014 10:34 PM
 
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking during a haze press briefing on 20 June 2013. Soon after arriving here on Sunday for the third Nuclear Security Summit, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held a meeting with his counterpart from host country the Netherlands, Mr Mark Rutte. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

THE HAGUE - Soon after arriving here on Sunday for the third Nuclear Security Summit, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held a meeting with his counterpart from host country the Netherlands, Mr Mark Rutte.

Both leaders reaffirmed the warm bilateral relations that extend well before Singapore's independence and that have been undergirded by strong investment and trade.

It was fitting too that trade featured in their talks as Mr Lee thanked the Dutch PM for supporting the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement which is in its final stages of ratification.

Under the EU-Singapore trade pact initialled last September, tariffs for goods will be eliminated across the huge trading bloc and should be in force later this year or by early next year.

 
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