SINGAPORE - Visiting Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop was hosted to lunch by Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan on Monday (March 13), during which the two ministers reaffirmed the "excellent relations" between the two countries, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a press statement.
Ms Bishop began a two-day visit to Singapore on Monday.
During the lunch, Ms Bishop and Dr Balakrishnan also "noted the good progress made on the implementation of the Singapore-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership" and "exchanged views on recent regional and international developments".
Ms Bishop later called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana, where they had a discussion on geopolitical developments, the MFA said. Ms Bishop also briefed PM Lee on developments in Australia.
In addition to the meetings, Ms Bishop co-launched the Landing Pad for Australian start-ups at BASH (Build Amazing Startups Here) at Block 79 JTC LaunchPad @ one-north with Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran in the morning.
She also delivered the 28th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Fullerton Lecture on "Change and uncertainty in the Indo-Pacific - strategic challenges and opportunities for Australia" in the evening.