Arab News –  Singaporean President Tony Tan and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean are expected to visit the Kingdom next year to further cement bilateral relations, said Singapore Ambassador Lawrence Anderson.
Anderson made the announcement on Sunday while celebrating his country’s 50th independence anniversary attended by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar and members of the diplomatic corps.
He said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has extended an invitation to their Foreign Minister, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, to visit the Kingdom.
“We have high regard for each other reflected in the frequent exchange of high-level visits. Last year, in November, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman paid a visit to Singapore,” he said, adding that Al-Jubeir visited them last month.
On the terrorist attacks in Paris, the envoy said the attacks in Paris two days ago were a heinous crime against humanity. “I am sure you will join me in offering our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to wish the injured a speedy recovery,” he observed.
Referring to the bilateral ties, the ambassador said: “This golden jubilee year also marks the 38th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Saudi Arabia. Relations between our two countries were established in November 1977 and are deep and long standing. They have gone from strength to strength over the years.”
According to the envoy, their bilateral trade (at SR60 billion) has been growing steadily. Singapore companies are well represented in the Kingdom ranging from shipping, oil and gas, water desalination, to civil aviation.
The two notable projects that reflect their strong ties are, he cited, the Port of Singapore Authority International’s construction and operation of the second container terminal at the King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam and Changi Airport International’s management of the King Fahd International Airport in the Eastern Province. Prominent Saudi companies like Aramco and SABIC use Singapore as a hub for their operations in Asia.
“I believe there is much that we can cooperate on with Saudi Arabia in the areas of education, infrastructure and human resource development,” the envoy said.
“Let me express my sincere gratitude and best wishes to King Salman and the people of Saudi Arabia for their support in forging a close and mutually beneficial partnership between our two countries,” he concluded.

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