Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, was in Singapore on 31 May – 1 June to represent the EU in attending the Shangri-La Dialogue.
During her time in Singapore, EU and Singaporean negotiators concluded an agreement on a EU-Singapore Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), which is essentially a treaty that creates a framework for co-operation on areas such as the development of political, trade, social, cultural and security links. The PCA complements the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which both sides concluded in December last year. Ashton said that the PCA “reflects a renewed commitment to reinforce these growing ties [between Singapore and the EU] and take our engagement to a higher level.”
Baroness Ashton also met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K. Shanmugam during her stay in Singapore.
Baroness Ashton’s speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue:
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