Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and Health Amrin Amin, made an official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 10 to 12 December 2017 at the invitation of UAE DPM and Minister of Interior, His Highness Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. On 11 December 2017, DPM Teo called on Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. DPM Teo and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed reaffirmed the excellent relationship between Singapore and the UAE, and welcomed efforts to further expand cooperation and elevate bilateral ties. DPM Teo also reiterated President's invitation for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to visit Singapore.

DPM Teo was hosted to lunch by His Highness Sheikh Saif on 10 December 2017. They exchanged views on regional security issues, and agreed that both countries could further strengthen cooperation in security and civil defence. DPM Teo also met National Security Advisor His Highness Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, and Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of the Government of Abu Dhabi His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak. They discussed regional developments, and reaffirmed the common commitment of Singapore and the UAE to promote tolerance, moderation, and inter-faith understanding, as well as combat the spread of extremism.

DPM Teo visited the UAE Civil Defence Academy, which was established in 2011 with assistance from the Singapore Civil Defence Force. DPM Teo also met about 200 Singaporeans in the UAE at a reception hosted by the Singapore Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

DPM Teo and the delegation will return to Singapore tomorrow.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore