French Minister of the Armed Forces in Singapore for the 16th Shangri-La Dialogue [fr]
French Minister of the Armed Forces Sylvie Goulard was in Singapore on 2nd and 3rd June 2017 for the 16th edition of the Shangri-La Dialogue. Initiated in 2002 in response to the clear need for a forum where the Asia-Pacific’s defence ministers could engage in dialogue aimed at building confidence and fostering practical security cooperation, the Asia Security Summit – or IISS Shangri-La Dialogue – has established itself as a key element of the emerging regional security architecture. It is the most important regular gathering of defence professionals in the region and has become a vital annual fixture in the diaries of Asia-Pacific defence ministers and their civilian and military chiefs of staff.
Minister Goulard attended the Shangri-La Dialogue opening dinner opened by Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. She also met with several counterparts on the sideline of the summit: Australia’s Minister for Defence Marise Payne, Canada’s Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, Singapore’s Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen, Switzerland’s Minister for Defence Guy Parmelin, Malaysia’s Minister for Defence Dato’Seri Hishammuddin Bin Thun Hussein and Japan’s Minister of Defence tomomi Inada.
French Minister of the Armed Forces gave a speech about "Upholding the Rules-Based Regional Order" during a plenary session. She insisted on the environmental security issues and France’s commitment to protect a rules-based global order. Mrs Goulard also called on Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Watch Minister for Armed Forces Sylvie Goulard speech during the 2nd plenary session at the 16th Shangri-La Dialogue:
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