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Bilateral Relations

By virtue of its location and population, 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. Trade relations between Singapore and the South Asian countries have strengthened. Our relations with the different countries in South Asia are marked by close co-operation in international fora and regular exchanges of high-level visits.

Key Bilateral Highlights

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.