Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K Shanmugam attended the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) 14th Council of Ministers Meeting in Perth, Australia on 9 October 2014.  The meeting reviewed the progress made by IORA since the last meeting in 2013, and discussed future directions and initiatives to advance the interests of IORA and its members.

        Minister Shanmugam signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Coordination and Cooperation of Search and Rescue Services in the Indian Ocean Region, and a revised IORA Charter.  He also took the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with delegations from Seychelles, Sri Lanka, and the US on the sidelines of the Council of Ministers Meeting.

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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SINGAPORE

9 OCTOBER 2014