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1. Australian Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles is in Singapore to
attend the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD). Mr Marles called on Prime Minister
Lee Hsien Loong on 10 June at the Istana, and met Minister for Defence Dr Ng
Eng Hen this evening.
2. Both Ministers
reaffirmed the close and long-standing bilateral defence relationship and
discussed enhancing cooperation under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
Both sides expressed continued emphasis on the joint development of training
areas and advanced training facilities in Queensland, Australia. These
facilities being developed under the 2020 Treaty on Military Training and
Training Area Development will benefit both Armed Forces, through an increase
in training capacity and more sophisticated training opportunities.
3. The Ministers also
exchanged views on regional and international security issues of mutual
interest, and reaffirmed their commitment to cooperating closely under the
ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)-Plus and the Five Power Defence
Arrangements to address these challenges.
4. Mr Marles is in
Singapore with a delegation of senior Australian officials, including
Australian Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell and Secretary of
the Department of Defence Greg Moriarty.