Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced that Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean will make a working visit to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from 18 to 19 April 2017 followed by a visit to the United States of America from 19 April.
The press statement said that the visit continues the exchange of high-level visits between Hong Kong and Singapore including PM Lee Hsien Loong’s and DPM Teo’s visits to Hong Kong in September 2014 and April 2013 respectively, and Mrs Carrie Lam’s visit to Singapore in July 2015 when she was Chief Secretary for Administration.
“The visit will reaffirm the longstanding and close cooperation between Singapore and Hong Kong,” MFA noted.
The ministry said that DPM Teo will meet Hong Kong Chief Executive (CE) and Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Leung Chun-ying, former CE and Vice Chairman of the CPPCC Tung Chee Hwa, and CE-elect Mrs Carrie Lam to discuss issues of mutual interest and explore ways to enhance cooperation between Singapore and Hong Kong.
MFA added that during the visit, DPM Teo will also meet a wide range of Hong Kong business leaders, and attend a dinner reception for the Singaporean community in Hong Kong.
While in San Francisco, he will meet the business community in the technology sector and with Singaporeans working in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
DPM Teo will then participate in the 2017 Sedona Forum in Arizona from 21 to 22 April, at the invitation of The McCain Institute, along with members of the US Administration, the intelligence and security community and key members of Congress.
According to the Ministry, DPM Teo will speak on the topic “A View from Asia”, as well as visiting the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)’s Peace Carvin II F-16C/D training detachment at Luke Air Force Base before returning to Singapore.
It added that DPM Teo will be accompanied by Mrs Teo, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Research Foundation (San Francisco leg).