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Singapore hosts first workshop to strengthen ties between Asean and Gulf states

Published on Jun 11, 2014 12:14 PM

SINGAPORE - Singapore is hoping to strengthen ties between the Gulf states and Southeast Asia by improving economic relations between the two regions, and fostering closer links between their people.

These are the two key focuses of the inaugural ASEAN-Gulf Cooperation Council workshop on Wednesday, said Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who jointly opened the workshop in Singapore with Bahrain's Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid Ahmed Al Khalifa.

The one-day workshop brings together not only diplomats, but also participants from fields such as finance and heritage together to share their experience and expertise.

An increasingly globalised world, said Mr Shanmugam, means countries should work not only within their respective regions, but build a wide network of relations beyond their neighbours.

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