Prime Minister Lee and Suga of Japan Reaffirm “Excellent Relations” by Telephone; leaders discuss COVID-19, travel between the two countries

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SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga reaffirmed the “excellent relations” between the two countries in a telephone call Thursday (October 29th), the Foreign Ministry (MFA) said in a press release .

During their discussion, the two leaders hailed the launch of the Singapore-Japan trade track – or reciprocal greenway – and the residency track last month.

The reciprocal greenway, launched on September 18, aims to facilitate essential business and official travel between the two countries. The residency trail travel organization, which opened on September 30, is aimed at business executives and professionals with work passes.

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Mr. Lee said in the phone call that he looked forward to working with Mr. Suga to “deepen bilateral cooperation, including through new areas such as promoting” vaccine multilateralism “and collaboration in digital commerce, ”MFA said.

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The leaders also exchanged views on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as well as regional developments, including the importance of greater economic integration through the comprehensive regional economic partnership.

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Mr. Lee also congratulated Mr. Suga on his appointment as the 99th Prime Minister of Japan during their phone conversation. He had previously congratulated Mr. Suga on his appointment in September.

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Mr Suga became Japan’s first new ruler in nearly eight years, following the resignation of his predecessor Shinzo Abe due to health concerns. Mr. Suga had served under Mr. Abe as chief secretary to the cabinet.

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