UK Foreign Secretary visits the Far East

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(London Post)   Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is visiting Japan, Singapore, South Korea and China this week to boost the UK’s relationship with the region

South Korea

In Seoul, the Foreign Secretary called on South Korean President Park Gyeun-hye and held meetings with the South Korean Ministers for foreign affairs, finance and defence procurement.

The Foreign Secretary also visited the Demilitarised Zone and Gloster Hill Memorial Park to pay his respects to the British servicemen who lost their lives during the Korean War.

Singapore

The Foreign Secretary was in Singapore for the Golden Jubilee celebrations where he represented the UK at celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Singaporean statehood. During his visit on the country’s 50th National Day, the Foreign Secretary underlined the close friendship between the UK and Singapore, and recognised the crucial role of Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew who passed away earlier this year.

Japan

The Foreign Secretary started his tour of the Far East in Japan where he met with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida. They discussed how both countries can contribute positively to global peace and prosperity as well as the growing trade relationship. The Foreign Secretary also met Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani to discuss co-operation on security issues and to support an international system based on the rule of law.

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