November 1, 2021

PM Lee meets counterparts from Australia, Europe, at sidelines of G20 summit

By brit

ROME – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong rounded off the second and final day of this year’s Group of 20 (G-20) Leaders’ Summit on Sunday (Oct 31) with bilateral meetings with several leaders.

These included Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

PM Lee also called on French President Emmanuel Macron.

The annual G-20 Summit, which brings together the world’s largest economies, is the first in-person summit to take place since the pandemic hit last year, when Saudi Arabia held the rotating presidency and hosted most meetings virtually.

Indonesia holds the G-20 presidency next year, followed by India in 2023. Singapore is not a G-20 member, but has been invited to this year’s meetings as one of several guest countries.

On the weekend, PM Lee also caught up with several other leaders, he said in a Facebook post with photos.

PM Lee meets with US President Joe Biden at the G-20 summit in Rome, Oct 31, 2021. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION

PM Lee poses for a photo with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the G-20 summit in Rome, on Oct 31, 2021. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

These included United States President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

On Saturday, he met European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.