Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters spoke on 29 April with Singapore’s Foreign Minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.

The Ministers discussed the success of the freight partnership that Singapore and New Zealand have entered into, which is supplying food to Singapore and medical supplies to New Zealand, and agreed that it should be ongoing.

They noted their respective experiences of lockdown in the face of COVID-19, and discussed their governments’ desires to ease restrictions on their peoples in a safe, gradual manner.

The Ministers noted the coming first anniversary of the Enhanced Partnership between Singapore and New Zealand and how it should be appropriately commemorated in a COVID-19 context.

The Ministers discussed the future, as countries gradually move out of lockdown, and the importance of building back trade, travel and people-to-people links in a manner consistent with containing COVID-19.