PM Lee hails new partnership with old friend Australia in address to parliament

The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership agreement finalised in May this year will take the relationship between Singapore and Australia one step forward and will “cement our partnership for many years to come”, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told the Australian parliament on October 12. Mr Lee is the seventh world leader to address the Australian parliament since 2010, joining the likes of US President Barack Obama, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in having that honour. Said Mr Lee: “I am happy that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and I have concluded the CSP, an ambitious package that enhances core aspects of our cooperation.” Under the pact, the Singapore Armed Forces will have more training space in Australia and jointly develop state-of-the-art facilities with the Australia over 25 years. “This will improve the quality of our training, and help to overcome Singapore’s size constraints. Our two armed forces will have more opportunities to train together and enhance interoperability,” noted Mr Lee.

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