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Shanmugam, Kerry reaffirm bilateral ties

They also call for progress in creating code of conduct in South China Sea

Published on May 14, 2014 7:06 AM
Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam (left) and US Secretary of State John Kerry meeting at the State Department in Washington on May 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: MFA

The foreign ministers of Singapore and the United States have called for swifter progress in crafting a code of conduct in the South China Sea, and for territorial disputes between China and several South-east Asian countries to be resolved peacefully.

Mr K. Shanmugam and his US counterpart John Kerry raised the recent spat near the Paracel Islands during brief remarks to reporters at the State Department on Monday, before a wide-ranging meeting covering the various aspects of the Singapore-US relationship.

His week-long visit to Washington comes hot on the heels of an Asean foreign ministers' meeting where the South China Sea issue topped the agenda.

"We (Asean ministers) do not want tension. We want a code of conduct to be progressed with.

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