SINGAPORE, June 5 (Bernama) — Singapore and Malaysia had a fruitful discussion on bilateral and regional issues, said the island republic’s Acting Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.
“We had a very good discussion and we look forward to making further progress,” he told Bernama on the sidelines of the 10th IISS Asian Security Summit – The Shangri-La Dialogue, here, Sunday.
He was earlier asked on his meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last Friday.
Najib was here to deliver a keynote address at the opening of the summit on the invitation of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). The summit ended today.
Taking advantage of his presence here, Najib held bilateral meetings with US Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Singapore’s Teo.
Earlier, Malaysian ambassador Datuk Md Hussin Nayan said the discussion between Najib and Teo would be more regional in nature rather than strictly bilateral.
Describing the current Malaysia-Singapore bilateral relations as very good, Md Hussin said both countries had made much progress in trying to resolve outstanding legacy issues.
The Shangri-La Dialogue is an annual forum organised by IISS since 2002. It brings together representatives of its 28 member countries from the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.
It provides the opportunity for sharing of information and exchanging of views pertaining to confidence-building and practical security cooperation in response to contemporary and emerging security challenges.
Source : Bernama