Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan held bilateral meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Tanzania and Maldives. They discussed issues relating to the UN and sustainable development, as well as ways of further strengthening bilateral ties.

Minister Balakrishnan hosted a Reception at the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Forum of Small States (FOSS). The reception was attended by representatives from all UN-member countries and the President of the General Assembly, His Excellency Miroslav Lajcak. In his remarks at the reception, Minister Balakrishnan highlighted the need for small states to work together at the UN to advance their common interests. The text of Minister Balakrishnan's remarks at the Reception is below.

Minister Balakrishnan also met World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder, and was hosted to lunch by American Jewish Committee (AJC) CEO and Executive Director David Harris as well as other members of the AJC leadership in New York. They discussed recent international developments and current issues at the UN.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore