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Singapore, Australia vow to expand bilateral cooperation

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam and met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the second Singapore-Australia Leaders' Summit on Friday.

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In a press release, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tan and Turnbull welcomed the implementation of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) and looked forward to increased exchanges between the two countries.

At the Leaders' Summit, both Lee and Turnbull reaffirmed the longstanding and excellent bilateral ties underpinned by similar perspectives and strategic trust.

They further reiterated Singapore and Australia's commitment to deepen and expand bilateral collaboration, including in trade, defense, innovation, and arts and culture, according to the release.

In addition, the two prime ministers also exchanged views on regional development and agreed on the importance of an open and inclusive regional architecture and the benefits of free and open trade.

Meanwhile, two deals were signed at the Leaders' Summit to deepen bilateral cyber-security cooperation, as well as to promote cooperation in data science and advanced manufacturing.

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