PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong was in Yerevan, Armenia from 28th September to 1st October 2019 to attend the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting, at the invitation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. The Council is a meeting of the leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) comprising Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.
PM Lee and the EAEU leaders witnessed the signing of the Framework and non-Services & Investment Agreements, as well as the Armenia-Singapore Services & Investment Agreement, that form part of the EAEU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EAEUSFTA). Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam was Singapore’s signatory. When in force, the EAEUSFTA will help foster stronger ties as well as trade and investment links between Singapore and the EAEU.
PM Lee also had several bilateral meetings on the sidelines at the request of the President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, and President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani.
During PM Lee’s meeting with Iranian President HE Hassan Rouhani, they discussed ways to further strengthen the good bilateral ties. PM Lee and President Tokayev also welcomed the conclusion of the Eurasian Economic Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, which provides another platform for closer bilateral economic engagement. Both leaders also exchanged views on regional developments.
During PM Lee’s meeting with President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani, they discussed regional and global developments as well as bilateral relations. PM noted that the situation in the Middle East was complex, and that there was a need to reduce tensions and create conditions for peace and stability.