Prime Minister Tharman and US Security Advisor Jake Sullivan discuss Myanmar crisis and COVID-19 action

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SINGAPORE: Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met in Washington DC on Wednesday October 13 to discuss the importance of countries’ strategic partnership.

The two officials discussed “pressing regional issues,” including the Myanmar crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement.

“They stressed that bold action is needed to end this pandemic and prepare for the next one, agreeing on the importance of working with partners to strengthen financing for global health security and establish a new financial intermediary fund. . “

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They also discussed global challenges such as climate change and affordability of energy, as well as “reviewed opportunities to build on the momentum” generated by the visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris. in Singapore.

At a joint press conference with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in August, Harris reaffirmed Washington’s “commitment to (its) membership in the Indo-Pacific.”

In a political speech, Ms. Harris also addressed economic ties between the United States and Southeast Asia and condemned the “campaign of violent repression” in Myanmar.

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