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Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited Singapore to attend the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, 31 July-3 August 2018

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited Singapore to attend the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, 31 July-3 August 2018

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu paid a visit to Singapore on 31 July-3 August 2018 to attend the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, and to have bilateral contacts.

On August 1, Wednesday, Minister Çavuşoğlu and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi of Indonesia discussed Turkey-Indonesia cooperation in the fields of economy, defense industry and combating terrorism, as well as regional issues including the situation of Rohingya Muslims.

On the same day, the first ASEAN-Turkey-Singapore (term president) Trilateral Meeting was held after the establishment of Turkey-ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue Partnership in 2017. At the meeting, common projects in the period ahead with ASEAN were discussed. Turkey continues to rapidly develop its relations with ASEAN and opened Embassies in all ASEAN capitals.

On August 2, Thursday, Minister Çavuşoğlu attended the opening ceremony of the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministerial.

On the same day, Minister Çavuşoğlu met with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan. At the meeting, Minister Çavuşoğlu and his Japanese counterpart discussed Turkey-Japan bilateral issues and regional developments. Minister Çavuşoğlu emphasized that Turkey-Japan cooperation is gaining momentum in many fields, and Turkey expects to continue this momentum with high-level visits.

At the meeting held between Minister Çavuşoğlu and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif of Iran, Turkey-Iran bilateral and regional issues were discussed.

Minister Çavuşoğlu held a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of the Russian Federation. At the meeting, Minister Çavuşoğlu and his Russian counterpart Lavrov discussed Turkey-Russia bilateral relations and regional issues, including the situation in Syria.

On August 3, Friday, Minister Çavuşoğlu met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Minister Çavuşoğlu met India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh. Minister Çavuşoğlu emphasized that Turkey and India will work together to further increase bilateral investment and trade volume to 10 billion USD by 2020 from last year’s 6.9 billion USD.

Within the margins of his bilateral contacts, Minister Çavuşoğlu met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop of Australia. Two Ministers exchanged views on further developing Turkey-Australia economic relations, cooperation in the fight against terrorist organizations and regional issues.

At the meeting held between Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Minister Çavuşoğlu, steps towards carrying Turkey-New Zealand relations and cooperation to a higher level were discussed.

On the same day, Minister Çavuşoğlu and EU High Representative Federica Mogherini evaluated issues on our common agenda –reviewing Customs Union Agreement, fight against irregular migration and visa liberalization, as well as regional issues including Syria and Iran.

On the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministerial, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai of Thailand and Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah of Malaysia held meetings with Minister Çavuşoğlu. At the meetings, further steps to strengthen bilateral relations, particularly in fields of trade and investments between Turkey-Thailand and Turkey-Malaysia were reviewed.