Friday, April 29, 2005

Singapore hopes Aust will join East Asia Summit

Singapore is optimistic that Australia will be part of the East Asia Summit (EAS) when it is launched, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Thursday.

Speaking at a World Economic Forum meeting in Singapore, Mr Lee said Australia and also New Zealand would be able to participate in the summit once they had signed a Treaty of Amity and Cooperation with ASEAN, the 10-member South East Asian grouping...

... "I am therefore optimistic that both countries will be part of EAS when it is launched, and we will create a forum which will accurately reflect the emerging community of nations in Asia," Mr Lee said...

... The inaugural summit is expected to convene in Malaysia in December.

[Source: Reuters, via ABC News Online, 28/04/2005]