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Mattis, Singapore Prime Minister Reaffirm Defense Relationship

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WASHINGTON, June 2, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met today with Singapore Prime Minister‎ Lee Hsien Loong on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, a major annual forum for key leaders in the Asia-Pacific region, to discuss mutual security challenges including cooperation on maritime security.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis greets Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore, June 2, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, greets Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore, June 2, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis greets Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore, June 2, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr Leaders Handshake
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, greets Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore, June 2, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr

Long-Standing Relationship

Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, a spokesman for Mattis, said in a statement that the secretary and the prime minister reaffirmed the "excellent and long-standing" bilateral defense relationship between the United States and Singapore, as underscored by the 1990 memorandum of understanding, the 2005 strategic framework agreement and the 2015 enhanced defense cooperation agreement.

Gratitude for Support

"Secretary Mattis thanked Singapore for its support, which has helped to enable the United States presence in the Asia-Pacific region," Ross said. "Both leaders commended the successful rotational deployments of littoral combat ships and P-8 Poseidon aircraft in Singapore and the good progress being made exploring training opportunities in Guam for the Republic of Singapore Air Force.