SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Dr Peter Maurer on Tuesday, along with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam; Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Foreign Affairs and Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu; and Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing.
During the meeting, Dr Maurer discussed with Singapore leaders about regional and international developments, as well as ways to enhance cooperation between Singapore and the ICRC.
Singapore leaders also expressed their admiration for the work of the ICRC in delivering humanitarian aid to those in need, particularly in conflict zones.
In an interview with the AFP in February, Dr Maurer described how the ICRC had grown over the years from a small group of philanthropic volunteers to an operation counting 12,000 employees with a US$1.2-billion (S$1.5-billion) budget.
Dr Maurer will deliver a public lecture entitled "Global Humanitarian Action Today: The Red Cross Perspective" on Wednesday (Nov 20), jointly organised by the Singapore Red Cross Society, the Centre for International Law and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.