MFA Press Statement: Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean’s Participation in the Sedona Forum, Sedona, Arizona, United States of America, 21 to 23 April 2017

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean is participating in the Sedona Forum hosted by the McCain Institute from 21 to 23 April 2017. The Sedona Forum is the McCain Institute’s signature high-level, invitation-only annual gathering of American and international leaders, which aims to discuss practical recommendations to current international challenges. During his dialogue session on A View from Asia, DPM Teo spoke about the importance of continued US engagement in the region, the positive contribution by the US and China to regional development, and shared Singapore’s perspectives on the evolving regional architecture.

DPM Teo also met Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services John McCain, US National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H R McMaster, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Commander, US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Binkley Harris, Jr, Commander, US European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Curtis Scaparrotti, as well as key Members of Congress on the sidelines of the Forum. DPM Teo emphasised the importance of the US’ leadership as well as stable US-China relations for the future peace, stability and prosperity of the region. During the meetings with General McMaster and Director Coats, both sides discussed regional and international developments as well as the deep and multifaceted bilateral relationship between Singapore and the US, including the strong cooperation on counter terrorism. During the meetings with Admiral Harris and General Scaparrotti, both sides also affirmed the robust defence relationship cooperation between Singapore and the US.

DPM Teo will also visit the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)’s Peace Carvin II F-16C/D training detachment at Luke Air Force Base on 23 April 2017, where he will meet RSAF servicemen and their families before departing the US for Singapore.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore

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