Singapore, 13 December 2021 (TDI): Singapore’s Foreign Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan attended the ASEAN-G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (FMM). The ASEAN-G7 conference was organized virtually through a video link due to the current pandemic conditions across the world, particularly the discovery of the latest Omicron variant.

In a tweet, the Singaporean Foreign Minister stated that the G7 and ASEAN can jointly create a fairer, smarter & greener world. Whilst addressing the virtual event, he also underscored the significance of the digital revolution.

During the address, the Foreign Minister also discussed the matters related to vaccination and global health security. Aside from that, he stressed the need for a collaborative effort for the economic rejuvenation and growth of the countries, as well as the significance of technology, and regional security.

Moreover, he reaffirmed his country’s commitment to work with the G7 member countries. Also, he deliberated upon the opportunities in which ASEAN and G7 might work together. In addition, Vivian Balakrishnan also discussed cooperation in post-pandemic recovery by stepping up vaccine rollout.

While noting the trade cooperation between the two organizations, Dr. BalaKarishnan asked for enhanced cooperation between ASEAN and the G7 countries. The collaboration will serve the interests of trade, sustainable infrastructure, along with harnessing the digital revolution. Lastly, he lauded the deeper engagement of the Asia-Pacific region by the G7.

Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (FMM)

The Foreign Minister’s meeting was chaired by the UK through a video conference. Secretary Elizabeth Mary Truss of the UK chaired the meeting in Liverpool. It was attended by leaders of the member countries.