THE HAGUE: Germany has given its support for the early ratification of the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong expressed his appreciation when he met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in The Hague on Tuesday.
Both leaders are in the Netherlands to attend the third Nuclear Security Summit.
Mr Lee and Mrs Merkel discussed a wide range of topics, including challenges for regional stability in Southeast Asia and Europe.
Mr Lee's press secretary said both leaders also spoke about common challenges such as an aging population and maintaining economic competitiveness.
On Ukraine, Mr Lee reiterated Singapore's objection to any unprovoked invasion of a sovereign country, under any pretext.
He also accepted Mrs Merkel’s invitation to visit Germany to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations next year.
The Nuclear Security Summit ends on Tuesday and global leaders met to discuss the future of the summit.
Some leaders are calling for the Nuclear Security Summit to be more inclusive - future summits should involve the wider international community, beyond the 53 countries participating in the current process.
They also said it should also address both civilian and non-civilian issues. - CNA/xq
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