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Singaporeans in Australia crucial to building bilateral ties: President Tan

Published on Jun 19, 2014 11:13 PM
President Tony Tan Keng Yam (second, left) and his wife Mary watch as trainee pilot Lieutenant Tung Wanrong undergoes a flight simulation exercise on the PC-21 simulator at the Republic of Singapore Air Force Pearce Detachment in Western Australia. -- PHOTO: MCI 

PERTH - Singaporeans in Australia are key in strengthening ties between Singapore and Australia said President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Thursday as he urged them to continue developing relations between the two countries.

"All of you play a crucial role in strengthening ties between Singapore and Australia through the work that you do, the friendships forged, and the links established with the local business and community networks," he said at a reception with about 180 Singaporeans based in Western Australia.

The ties between Singapore and Australia are warm and long-standing, he said. Cooperation is deep and across diverse fields, including defence, education, trade and tourism, he added, and both countries are always exploring ways to strengthen this friendship.

One such way is the pilot programme of the New Colombo Plan, which sends Australian students to Singapore and other countries in the region.

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