HAMBURG - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met with Argentine President Mauricio Macri on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G-20) Leaders' Summit on Saturday (July 8), the first bilateral meeting between both leaders.
Mr Lee and Mr Macri welcomed the enhanced engagement between Singapore and Argentina, including the re-opening of the Argentine Embassy in Singapore later this year, said a statement from the Prime Ministers' Office (PMO).
The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen bilateral cooperation in trade and investment facilitation, skills, food security, education, and technology and digitalisation.
Both countries will also work closely together at the regional and multilateral levels.
They agreed that there are opportunities for further cooperation, with Argentina assuming the G-20 presidency in 2018 and Singapore chairing Asean that same year.
The leaders also discussed potential synergies between Asean and Mercosur - a sub-regional bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.
Mr Macri also accepted Mr Lee's invitation to make a state visit to Singapore in 2018.
After meeting Mr Macri, Mr Lee also met European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, said the PMO.
The leaders discussed bilateral cooperation including the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA), "which will greatly benefit our businesses and further deepen our ties," the PMO added.
Both sides supported an early ratification of the EUSFTA.