Ottawa, 2 June 2022 (TDI): The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, held a telephonic conversation with Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore.

The conversation, which took place on 31st May, was focused on shared priorities and current regional and global issues.

Highlighting the close ties between the two countries, the Prime Ministers recognized the importance of expanding bilateral trade and investment. Moreover, they agreed on the need to cooperate more to address global challenges such as the food and climate crises.

They expressed that their relations are based on “a commitment to rules-based multilateral cooperation in support of greater stability and shared prosperity.”

In addition, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee welcomed Canada’s formal expression of interest to join the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement. It is a novel digital trade policy agreement co-initiated by Singapore, New Zealand, and Chile.

Furthermore, they discussed the war in Ukraine and its global impacts. The leaders condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying that it violates international norms and the Charter of the United Nations. They further agreed on sanctioning responsible Russian entities.

Finally, the two Prime Ministers agreed to remain in contact and advance their relations in areas of mutual interest. They looked forward to meeting in person soon.

Canada-Singapore Relations

Canada was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with Singapore after its independence in 1965. Singapore and Canada have enjoyed a long-standing and mutually important bilateral partnership since then.

Moreover, Singapore is one of Canada’s most significant partners in Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, the countries cooperate in the areas of trade, security and defense, education, science and technology, and the environment.

The value of Canada’s bilateral goods trade with Singapore totaled $2.53 billion.

Both countries also cooperate under the Canada-ASEAN framework. Previously, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly visited ASEAN headquarters in April to mark 45 years of Canada’s status as a dialogue partner of ASEAN.

Furthermore, they are both members of the Commonwealth of Nations, the World Trade Organization, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

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