Singapore and Mongolia supported each other when needed: PM Lee
SINGAPORE – Singapore and Mongolia have supported each other in times of need, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said.
During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the Temasek Foundation donated test kits to Mongolia. The Mongolian government, in turn, gave gift bags to Singapore’s frontline healthcare workers, which brought them much joy and encouragement, he added.
Prime Minister Lee was speaking at an official luncheon held in honor of Mongolian Prime Minister Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai, who is on a four-day visit to Singapore, at the Istana on Friday July 8.
He said the two countries share a common goal of promoting international trade, maintaining regional peace and stability, and maintaining an open and inclusive rules-based multilateral system.
The two countries also complement each other, he added.
“For example, while Mongolia has vast natural resources, Singapore has good connectivity and provides a hub and gateway for Mongolian exports to our region and beyond,” he said.
Both also recognize the value of developing their human resources, he added.
Under the Singapore Cooperation Program, Singapore hosted more than 1,600 Mongolian officials to exchange views and discuss their experience in finance, economic development, language and communication skills and education. ‘public administration. Mr. Lee said he looked forward to more Mongolian officials participating in the program.
“We have a solid base on which to develop our relations,” he said. “I am confident that our countries will continue to strengthen our collaboration as we move forward in a post-Covid-19 world.”
Mr. Oyun-Erdene is in Singapore for an official visit from Wednesday to Saturday at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee. It is his first visit to Singapore since he became Prime Minister of Mongolia in January last year.
He is accompanied by several Mongolian ministers, deputies and senior civil servants.
Speaking at the luncheon, Mr Oyun-Erdene said that while Singapore and Mongolia celebrated 50 years of diplomatic relations two years ago, the historic ties and cooperation between trade representatives stretch back more than 700 years.
“The relationship that began 700 years ago with our ancestors has developed rapidly,” he said. “Today, Singapore has become Mongolia’s reliable partner in Southeast Asia, our fifth largest investor and ASEAN’s largest trading partner.”
Although geographically distant, the two are bound by shared values, mutual understanding and a willingness to work together, he added.