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Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, this weekend attended the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, where she also held a number of bilateral meetings with interlocutors from all over the world.
The Shangri-La Dialogue brought together Ministers of Defence from a wide range of countries including the Singapore, US, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, France, and the UK. The High Representative spoke at a panel dedicated to "Korean Security: The Next Steps".
The High Representative also engaged in a number of bilateral meetings during her visit. She met with the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, and Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. In these bilateral talks the High Representative discussed the recently signed Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, the Free Trade Agreement and the Investment Protection Agreement which represent a qualitative leap in EU-Singapore bilateral relations and opportunities to further expand cooperation. The EU's ambition to increasingly participate in ASEAN's security frameworks was also discussed, given Singapore's role as the ASEAN co-ordinator for the EU.
Other bilateral meetings included the Defence Minister of China, Wei Fenghe, with whom she discussed the joint commitments taken during the 21st EU-China Summit, collaboration in relation to the evolving peace process in Afghanistan and possibilities for future cooperation in Africa.
With the Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Korea, Jeong Kyeong-doo, discussions addressed further cooperation with the ATALANTA mission and possible support to EU civilian missions.
Federica Mogherini also met with Minister of Defence of Vietnam, Ngô Xuân Lịch. They agreed on the need for a speedy conclusion of the negotiations on a Framework Participation Agreement.
With the Minister of Defenceof New Zealand, Ron Mark, Federica Mogherini stressed the high value and importance of a renewed participation from New Zealand in EU CSDP Missions. They also discussed cooperation in the field of cybersecurity, counterterrorism and climate change.
With the Australian Minister of Defence, Linda Reynolds, discussions focused on their participation in EUAM Iraq as well as possibilities for further security cooperation in line with the Framework Participation Agreement signed in 2015.
In the margins of the Dialogue, Mogherini briefly met also the delegates of the South East Asian Young Leaders (IISS Programme, co-funded by the EU).