September 25, 2014

MFA Press Statement: Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam, who is in New York for the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), held bilateral meetings on the sidelines with the delegations from Antigua and Barbuda, Colombia, Grenada, Kosovo, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, and Serbia

Minister Shanmugam and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Antigua and Barbuda, Charles Fernandez, had a good discussion on the positive state of bilateral relations. Both Ministers also discussed how Antigua and Barbuda could take advantage of the Enhanced Technical Cooperation Package for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) which was announced by Minister Shanmugam during the CARICOM High Level Ministerial Exchange Visit hosted by Singapore in July 2013.

MFA20140925_Photo 1_Minister Shanmugam meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Antigua and Barbuda, Charles Fernandez, on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.[Photo: MFA]
 

Minister Shanmugam and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar, exchanged views on how both countries could further strengthen bilateral ties.  Both sides agreed to explore deepening cooperation in areas such as technical education.

MFA20140925_Photo 2_Minister Shanmugam meeting with Foreign Minister of Colombia, Maria Angela Holgium Cuellar, on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. [Photo: MFA]
 

In their meeting, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Business of Grenada, Nickolas Steele, updated Minister Shanmugam about the domestic situation in Grenada.  Minister Shanmugam reaffirmed Singapore’s commitment and support through the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP) to CARICOM, of which Grenada is a member.

Photo 3_Nickolas SteeleMinister Shanmugam meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Business of Grenada, Nickolas Steele, on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly [Photo: MFA]
 

Minister Shanmugam and President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, had a good exchange of views on Singapore-Kosovo relations.  President Jahjaga also updated Minister Shanmugam on recent developments in Kosovo.

Photo 4_Atifete JahjagaMinister Shanmugam meeting with President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. [Photo: MFA]
 

Minister Shanmugam and Foreign Minister of Norway, Børge Brende, affirmed the warm and friendly ties between both countries and exchanged views on a broad range of global political, security and socio-economic issues.

MFA20140925_Photo 5_Minister Shanmugam meeting with Foreign Minister of Norway, Børge Brende, on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. [Photo: MFA]
 

Minister Shanmugam and Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, affirmed the good relations between both countries. They also discussed how to deepen cooperation between Singapore and Panama, including through the provision of training programmes for officials from Panama through the SCP.

MFA20140925_Photo 6_Minister Shanmugam meeting with Vice President and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Panama, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. [Photo: MFA]
 

Minister Shanmugam and Foreign Minister of Paraguay, Eladio Loizaga, exchanged views on promoting closer economic linkages between Singapore and Paraguay. Minister Shanmugam encouraged Paraguay to consider sending a delegation to the next Latin Asia Business Forum hosted by Singapore.

MFA20140925_Photo 7_Minister Shanmugam meeting with Foreign Minister of Paraguay, Eladio Loizaga, on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.[Photo: MFA]
 

Minister Shanmugam and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania, Titus Corlatean, had a good exchange of views on how both countries could strengthen bilateral ties, including through the exchange of visits at the different levels.

MFA20140925_Photo 8_Minister Shanmugam meeting with Foreign Minister of Romania, Titus Corlatean, on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly [Photo: MFA]
 

Minister Shanmugam and First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Ivica Dačić, affirmed the warm ties between both countries and discussed how bilateral economic relations could be further enhanced.

MFA20140925_Photo 9_Minister Shanmugam meeting with First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Ivica Dačić, on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.[Photo: MFA]