Minister Garneau speaks with Singaporean counterpart

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June 29, 2021 - Matera, Italy - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today spoke with Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the margins of the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Matera, Italy.

The ministers highlighted the enduring friendship between Canada and Singapore.

Minister Garneau reiterated that Singapore is a key partner for Canada in the Indo-Pacific region. Both ministers acknowledged the two countries’ excellent cooperation in many areas like trade and regional security.

Minister Garneau reaffirmed Canada’s strong commitment to working closely with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and member states, and to strengthening its relationships across the Indo-Pacific region to promote sustainable prosperity, development, inclusion, peace and security.

Both ministers welcomed efforts to increase trade and expand economic relations following the entry into force of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Minister Garneau shared Canada’s deep concern regarding the crisis in Myanmar and expressed the need to stay united in the fight for democracy and freedom for the people of Myanmar, noting the important work of ASEAN and the necessity to implement its 5-point consensus.

The two ministers concluded by reiterating their engagement to continue working together in order to deepen the ties between Canada and Singapore, and benefit from common objectives and capabilities, including in areas like the environment and labour protection.

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