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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calls on French President Francois Hollande

Published on Oct 28, 2013 11:12 PM

PARIS - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is in France for an official visit, called on French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace on Monday afternoon.

Earlier, he was given a welcome ceremony at the Hotel des Invalides, a complex of 17th century buildings containing museums and monuments.

He later met Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Singapore and France elevated their relationship to that of a strategic partnership in October last year when French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault visited Singapore.

High on the agenda on Mr Lee’s meetings with French leaders will be the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, whose legal text was recently initialled by both sides.

Mr Lee will be seeking their support for the early ratification of the pact, which will bring many benefits to both sides.

He met Singaporeans based in France on Sunday.

On Tuesday, he will have more meetings with French leaders including Mr Ayrault, and will leave for Poland on Wednesday.