Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen met with the United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) today. They reaffirmed the excellent and longstanding bilateral defence relationship between the US and Singapore, and their commitment to further strengthen bilateral defence cooperation.
Dr Ng also met with ministers and senior officials from Brunei, Chile, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines and Sri Lanka on the sidelines of the Dialogue today. Malaysian Minister of Defence Dato' Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi visited Changi Naval Base and toured the RSN Frigate RSS Stalwart yesterday.
The 10th SLD, organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, is being held in Singapore from 3 to 5 June 2011. This year's forum is attended by some 32 ministerial-level guests, as well as parliamentarians, military leaders and academics, from 30 countries.