S'pore and Turkey to boost ties

S'pore and Turkey to boost ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin greeting Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the official welcome ceremony for the G-20 Leaders' Summit.

SINGAPORE - Singapore and Turkey have pledged to boost economic ties and will work on a comprehensive free trade agreement and expand a bilateral air transport agreement, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.

The announcement came after a meeting between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in St Petersburg, Russia.

The two leaders pointed to the recent opening of the Singapore Embassy in Ankara and increased high-level visits as signs of the strong ties between the two countries.

They also discussed the deteriorating situation in Syria, amid talk of plans for a United States-led military strike over allegations that Damascus had deployed chemical weapons.

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