PM Lee meets Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (right) sits down for tea with Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (right) sits down for tea with Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore.PHOTO: LEE HSIEN LOONG'S FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou who was here for a landmark China-Taiwan meeting on Saturday (Nov 7).

"Caught up with President Ma Ying-jeou over tea this evening. Glad his meeting here went well. Hope this will lead to greater stability and prosperity for the region," PM Lee wrote in a Facebook post.

Singapore was requested by China and Taiwan to facilitate the meeting between Mr Ma and Chinese President Xi Jinping who was here for a two-day state visit.

In an earlier statement on Saturday, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman said Singapore was glad to facilitate the historic meeting.

"Building on the foundation of the 1993 Wang-Koo talks, this successful meeting has established a precedent for top leaders of both sides to directly engage each other," said the spokesman in response to media queries.

In 1993, Singapore played host to the so-called "Wang-Koo" meeting that saw Taiwan and China discuss bilateral ties.