Shanmugam to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington DC

Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam will be in the United States next week on an official visit, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in a statement on Sunday, May 11, 2014. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam will be in the United States next week on an official visit, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in a statement on Sunday, May 11, 2014. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam will be in the United States next week on an official visit, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in a statement on Sunday.

During the trip from May 12 to May 16, Mr Shanmugam will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Eric Holder, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and several key members of the US Senate, senior administration officials, prominent American strategic thinkers, and members of the media in Washington D.C.

Mr Shanmugam, who is also Law Minister, will lead the Singapore delegation for the 3rd Singapore-US Strategic Dialogue, a Track 1.5 dialogue for Singapore and US policy-makers, think-tank, media, and corporate representatives to exchange views on areas of mutual interest. He is also delivering the plenary speech at the American Jewish Committee Global Forum.

"Singapore and the US enjoy close and long-standing relations," said the MFA. "Minister Shanmugam, Secretary Kerry and Attorney General Holder will discuss ways to further enhance our strong bilateral cooperation.

"This includes joint training programmes for Asean countries through the Singapore-US Third Country Training Programme (TCTP). Minister Shanmugam will also engage his interlocutors on regional and international developments, particularly the US' strong engagement of Asia, the Asean-US relationship, and the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations."

The minister will be accompanied by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of National Development, Mr Lee Yi Shyan; Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Education, Ms Sim Ann; Minister of State, Ministry of National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, MP Janil Puthucheary, and officials from the MFA.