- A US Congressional Staffers Delegation (STAFFDEL) visited Singapore in Feburary 2012. The STAFFDEL called on Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam and attended briefings by various Ministries/agencies to deepen their understanding of Singapore and its policies on topics such as foreign affairs, national security and community service.
- Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam made his introductory visit to the US in Feburary 2012, where he met with several key US personalities, such as Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns, as well as key members of the Congressional leadership. Minister Shanmugam and US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton issued a Joint Vision Statement on a New Political Framework and signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) to establish the Singapore-US Third Country Training Programme and institutionalise the Strategic Partnership Dialogue between the State Department and MFA. During the visit, Minister Shanmugam also delivered the opening keynote speech entitled "New Directions: Singapore Politics and Foreign Policy" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Singapore conference, which featured many prominent Americans and Singaporeans as panellists including Minister, Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran; Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat; and senior officials from various Ministeries. Minister Heng also signed an education MOU with Education Secretary Arne Duncan during his visit to the US.
- PS (Foreign Affairs) Bilahari Kausikan and United States Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell met in Washington, DC on January 18, 2012 to co-chair the inaugural United States – Singapore Strategic Partnership Dialogue.