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Bilateral Relations

South Asia is of geostrategic importance to Southeast Asia and Singapore. In recent years, a common outlook and shared interests have led to broader and deeper ties between Singapore and the South Asian countries. Our relations with the different countries in South Asia are also marked by close co-operation in international fora and regular exchanges of high-level visits.

Key Bilateral Highlights

2014

  • Bangladesh Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Dr Gowher Rizvi called on Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli on 13 August 2014. 
  • Sri Lanka External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris visited Singapore in July 2014 where he met Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam.
  • Bangladesh Minister for Health and Family Mohammed Nasim called on Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong on 10 July 2014.
  • Bangladesh Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Dr Gowher Rizvi visited Singapore for the Shangri-La Dialogue in May 2014.  He met with Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing.
  • Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom visited Singapore for the Maldives Investment Forum.  He met with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K Shanmugam on 25 April 2014.

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K Shanmugam visited Sri Lanka from 2 to 5 April and met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris and Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in Colombo. During his visit to Jaffna on 4 April, Minister Shanmugam launched a year-long project in Enhancing Competency in English Language Communication.  This initiative was spearheaded by the Singapore International Foundation (SIF), National Library Board and the Jaffna Public Library.  Minister Shanmugam also presented a newly-refurbished Youth Resource Centre and Mobile Library Bus, sponsored by donors from Singapore, to the Jaffna Public Library.

2013

  • Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Prof G L Peiris called on Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K Shanmugam on 31 December. 

  • Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong visited Bhutan from 2 to 4 December, the first Ministerial visit from Singapore since the establishment of diplomatic relations.  During the visit, Minister Wong had an audience with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and called on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Minister for Home and Cultural Affairs Damchoe Dorji, Minister for Finance Namgay Dorji and Minister for Information and Communications D N Dhungyel, amongst others.

  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K Shanmugam attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 10 to 17 November.

  • Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli attended the burial of Maldives Foreign Minister Abdul Samad Abdullah, who passed away on 25 August 2013 in Singapore.

  • Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni visited Singapore for the Shangri-La Dialogue. She met with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K Shanmugam on 31 May.

  • Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid called on President Tony Tan at the Istana on 8 May.

  • Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli attended the State Funeral of Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 21 to 22 March 2013.

  • Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Prof G L Peiris called on Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K Shanmugam on 15 February.