Singapore and Thailand reaffirm bilateral ties during visit by Thai Deputy Prime Minister

Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tanasak Patimapragorn speaking with Singapore's Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam. Mr Shanmugam had invited General Tanasak for the visit. -- PHOTO: MCI
Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tanasak Patimapragorn speaking with Singapore's Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam. Mr Shanmugam had invited General Tanasak for the visit. -- PHOTO: MCI
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong talking with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tanasak Patimapragorn, on Thursday, June 4, 2015. PM Lee and General Tanasak reaffirmed the excellent and long-standing bilater
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong talking with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tanasak Patimapragorn, on Thursday, June 4, 2015. PM Lee and General Tanasak reaffirmed the excellent and long-standing bilateral ties between the two countries during the meeting. -- PHOTO: MCI
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shaking hands with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tanasak Patimapragorn, on Thursday, June 4, 2015. General Tanasak was in Singapore for an introductory visit.  -- PH
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shaking hands with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tanasak Patimapragorn, on Thursday, June 4, 2015. General Tanasak was in Singapore for an introductory visit.  -- PHOTO: MCI

SINGAPORE - Singapore and Thailand reaffirmed their excellent and long-standing bilateral ties on Thursday in a meeting between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Thai Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn.

Also the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Tanasak, who is in the Republic on an introductory visit, called on Mr Lee, and both noted the significance of 2015 as the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The leaders also discussed regional issues, including the influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and the need for countries to work together to combat the issue, said Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in a statement. Mr Tanasak also provided Mr Lee with an update on domestic developments in Thailand.

In addition, Mr Tanasak met and was hosted to dinner by Singapore's Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam, who had invited him to Singapore for the visit.

During their meeting, both expressed confidence in the strong and multifaceted relations between Singapore and Thailand.

They also talked about the various commemorative projects to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations, and ways to further strengthen the strong people-to-people ties.

Mr Tanasak will attend the opening ceremony of the 28th South-East Asian (SEA) Games on June 5, the MFA said.