Our website will be unavailable on 30th March 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM for a scheduled maintenance.We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.
1. French Minister of
the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu called on Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen
this afternoon at the Shangri-La Hotel. Mr Lecornu is in Singapore from 10 to
11 Jun 2022 to attend the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD). This is Mr Lecornu’s
inaugural visit to Singapore in his new appointment as the French Minister of
the Armed Forces.
2. During the
meeting, both Ministers reaffirmed the strong and broad-based bilateral defence
relations, as well as the commitment to strengthen bilateral defence
cooperation in areas of mutual interest, such as maritime security,
counter-terrorism, joint training of Armed Forces and cybersecurity. Both
Ministers witnessed the signing of the Mutual Logistics Support Arrangement by
Singapore Armed Forces Chief of Staff - Joint Staff Brigadier-General Kelvin
Fan and French Armed Forces Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal
Éric Autellet. The agreement facilitates the provision of logistics support
between the Armed Forces of France and Singapore. Both sides also exchanged
views on security priorities and geopolitical developments.
3. Mr Lecornu’s visit
underscores the strong and broad-based defence relations between Singapore and
France. Mr Lecornu spoke at the plenary session titled “Managing
Geopolitical Competition in a Multipolar Region” on 11 June 2022, and also called
on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana earlier today.