SINGAPORE, June 5 (Bernama) — Singapore’s acting Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean described the 10th IISS Asian Security Summit – The Shangri-La Dialogue here as very successful.
“I think this year’s dialogue has been very successful as we have been able to get a good range of senior people from the key countries in and outside the region,” he told Bernama on the sidelines of the annual forum which ended Sunday.
Teo noted that Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s introductory speech had set the stage very well.
Najib was here to deliver a keynote address at the opening of the summit on the invitation of the IISS (International Institute for Strategic Studies).
In his address on Friday night, Najib said Malaysia would continue to match words with action in playing a greater role to help ensure global peace and stability.
“Malaysia has and will continue to play its role as a responsible global citizen. And, we have shown and will continue to show that our commitment is not merely rhetorical but is backed up by action,” he said.
Najib, who had attended the dialogue for the sixth time, also called on all parties including governments and world leaders to be united in facing a new set of complex and multi-dimensional security challenges.
Among other prominent figures who attended the Shangri-La Dialogues were United States Secretary of Defence Robert Gates and General Liang Guanglie, who made his first appearance as China’s Defence Minister at the summit.
For Gates, who has served eight US presidents, this was the last summit for him before retirement.
He said the conference, in a relatively short span of time, had become a vital forum for encouraging dialogue and understanding among the participating countries.
In his final address to the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, Gates gave the assurance that the “stark realities” of the US economy and budget, and “two protracted and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan” would not affect US commitments in Asia.
China’s General Liang in his first address at the dialogue, spoke on a wide range of topics including cyber security, international cooperation and the modernisation of China’s military.
Organised by the IISS since 2002, the Shangri-La Dialogue brought together representatives of its 28 member countries from the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.
They included defence ministers, chiefs of defence staff, permanent secretaries, military and intelligence chiefs as well as distinguished delegates from the private sector.
Source : Bernama