Minister of Defence to attend the 17th Annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore

Minister of Defence Ron Mark departed for Singapore today, to attend the Asia-Pacific’s premier defence and security forum, the annual Shangri-La Dialogue.

While in Singapore he will conduct bilateral meetings with counterparts from Canada, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Viet Nam.

He is also expected to attend a meeting with his Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) counterparts from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

“As one of New Zealand’s oldest defence arrangements, the FPDA forms the cornerstone of our defence and security engagement in the region,” says Ron Mark.

“We will taking the opportunity to discuss our priorities ahead of the Arrangements’ upcoming 50th Anniversary in 2021.

“I will also deliver a speech at the Dialogue on regional security cooperation alongside a panel comprising of representatives from Indonesia, France and the United States.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to speak at the Dialogue, as this is a good way to highlight New Zealand’s perspectives on regional security issues and promote defence cooperation.

“The Shangri-La Dialogue has stood the test of time and continues to play an important role in fostering dialogue and promoting understanding across the Asia-Pacific,” says Ron Mark.

Around 45 countries and international organisations will be represented at the 17th Shangri-La Dialogue. The Dialogue runs from 1 to 3 June.