Singapore Defence Minister reaffirms strong ties with European counterparts

SINGAPORE - Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen will wrap up a three-day visit to Germany at the 51st Munich Security Conference on Sunday.

During the conference, Dr Ng will speak on the topic 'Pacific Geopolitics: Reaping Promises and Avoiding Peril'.

While in Munich, he also met his European counterparts, including French Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Minister of Defence Dr Ursula von der Leyen, Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti, and UK Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon.

 

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Dr Ng and Mr Le Drian reaffirmed both countries' commitment to increasing bilateral defence cooperation, underpinned by the Republic of Singapore Air Force's Advanced Jet Training in France. They also discussed security and political developments of mutual interest.

During a meeting with Dr von der Leyen, both sides reaffirmed the strong bilateral defence relations between Singapore and Germany. Dr Ng also conveyed Singapore's appreciation for Germany's support for the Singapore Armed Forces' armour training in Germany. They also discussed political and security developments in Europe and Asia.

In his meeting with Ms Pinotti, both Defence Ministers noted the warm and growing defence relations between Singapore and Italy, and exchanged views on security developments and bilateral defence cooperation.

Dr Ng and Mr Fallon also reaffirmed the long-standing defence relationship between Singapore and the United Kingdom, noting the importance of the Five Power Defence Arrangements in contributing to strong bilateral relations. Both sides also exchanged views on security issues of mutual interest.

Dr Ng will address the seventh Munich Young Leaders Round Table on 'Security Challenges for a New Generation', before concluding his official visit later on Sunday.