Singapore, 29 November 2021 (TDI): The Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong received his Malaysian counterpart Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, at Istana. Malaysian Premier reached Istana today to hold bilateral discussions.

The Malaysian Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry, Mohamed Azmin Ali joined Prime Minister on this trip. Moreover, the Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Saifuddin Abdullah is also accompanying along with the Malaysian Minister of Transport, and others.

Earlier, the Prime Minister of Singapore also hosted a welcome ceremony for Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Following the meeting, the two held a press conference before adjourning for an official lunch hosted by Prime Minister Lee.

The two discussed longstanding bilateral relations and close people-to-people ties along with mutual trust, during the meeting. They expressed satisfaction over collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic, including establishing the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) for official and business travel, along with the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) for workers and the Critical Illness Emergency Visits (DCEV) scheme.

The two countries also inaugurated the much anticipated Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) for quarantine-free travel, today. Other opportunities for collaboration between the pacific countries also came under the discussion between the two.

The mutually beneficial collaboration includes Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link Project. Such projects will further enhance and ease connectivity between the two Southeast Asian states.

Meeting with President

Later, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob paid a courtesy call on the Singaporean President, Halimah Yacob. During the meeting, She congratulated Premier Ismail on his holding the office.

He also stressed building deep-rooted ties of kinship, culture, and history between the two countries. While Prime Minister Lee Hsein of Singapore re-invited Prime Minister Ismail Sabri to visit in the first quarter of 2022.