Shanmugam in Australia to discuss ISIS threat, law and order

Mr Shanmugam, who was on a working visit to Australia between Tuesday and Friday, had discussions covering law and order, security and legal matters.
Mr Shanmugam, who was on a working visit to Australia between Tuesday and Friday, had discussions covering law and order, security and legal matters.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Mr K. Shanmugam, held a closed-door roundtable discussion this week with Australian security and legal agencies and exchanged views on bilateral cooperation on counter-terrorism efforts.

During the exchange on Wednesday (March 8), both sides discussed ways to enhance regional cooperation to mitigate the looming risks posed by South-east Asian fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) returning from battlefields in the Middle East where the terrorist group is losing ground.

Mr Shanmugam, who was on a working visit to Australia between Tuesday and Friday, had discussions covering law and order, security and legal matters, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement on Friday.

Before concluding his trip, Mr Shanmugam met with Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne, and was hosted to lunch by Attorney-General George Brandis.

Mr Shanmugam was accompanied by officials from the MHA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.