KSA, Sin­ga­pore seek to bol­ster se­cu­rity ties


RIYADH: Saudi Ara­bia and Sin­ga­pore have pledged to work to­gether to boost se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion and fight ter­ror­ism fol­low­ing talks be­tween se­nior Saudi and Sin­ga­porean of­fi­cials.

“The two coun­tries have di­rected their re­spec­tive se­cu­rity agen­cies to work closely to com­bat the men­ace of ter­ror­ism,” said a state­ment re­leased by the Sin­ga­pore Min­istry of Home Af­fairs on Tues­day, fol­low­ing talks be­tween Saudi In­te­rior Min­is­ter Prince Ab­dul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif and K. Shan­mugam, Sin­ga­pore Min­is­ter of Home Af­fairs and Law.

Their dis­cus­sion mainly fo­cused on “bi­lat­eral se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion and ter­ror­ism threats,” said the state­ment.

Dur­ing his three-day stay in Riyadh, which con­cluded on Mon­day, the Sin­ga­porean min­is­ter also held wide-rang­ing talks with Ab­dul Aziz bin Mo­hammed Al-Howairini, the head of the Pres­i­dency of State Se­cu­rity.

Shan­mugam con­veyed Sin­ga­pore’s “strong con­dem­na­tion of the re­cent Houthi mis­sile at­tack on the Saudi cap­i­tal” and ex­pressed his hope that steps will be taken by all par­ties to resolve the re­gion’s con­flicts so that the suf­fer­ing of peo­ple caught up in those con­flicts can be brought to an end.

The two coun­tries are cel­e­brat­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions this year.

“The high fre­quency of vis­its is a tes­ta­ment to the strength of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions,” An­der­son said. “As Saudi Ara­bia em­barks on the path of re­form guided by Vi­sion 2030, Sin­ga­pore can par­tic­i­pate by shar­ing its own de­vel­op­men­tal ex­pe­ri­ences in rel­e­vant ar­eas and hav­ing Sin­ga­porean com­pa­nies con­trib­ute their ex­per­tise.”

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