Singapore enjoys strong and longstanding defence, economic and political relations with the US. We celebrated the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2016.
The defence relationship is underpinned by several milestone bilateral agreements, including the 1990 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the United States Use of Facilities in Singapore, the Strategic Framework Agreement (signed in July 2005) and the enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (signed in December 2015). Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and US President Donald Trump signed the Protocol of Amendment to the 1990 MOU in September 2019, further extending it for another 15 years. On the economic front, the US is Singapore’s largest foreign direct investor by country. The US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement that came into force in 2004 was the first FTA between the US and an Asian country.
Bilateral cooperation spans many mutually beneficial areas such as cyber-security, counter-terrorism, education, infrastructure, counter-proliferation and a Third Country Training Programme to jointly help developing countries.