Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore arrived in Europe on Monday (11 June) at the start of a 10-day tour.
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore arrived in Europe on Monday (11 June) at the start of a 10-day tour. He was planning to discuss, among other subjects, closer co-operation with the European Common Market. Premier Lee's first stop was in West Germany, where he was greeted by chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
SYNOPSIS: After the formal welcoming ceremonies outside the Chancellor's residence in Bonn, officials said the two men would hold talks on bigger markets for goods from developing countries in the West. There's concern among the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations about increasing trade protectionism in the industrialised nations. Singapore and its partners in the association -- Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines are hoping for support from West Germany in their battle to gain more access for their goods in the Common Market.
Another subject that Premier Lee and Chancellor Schmidt were expected to discuss was the forthcoming economic conference in Tokyo of seven leading industrial countries, including Japan and the United States. The Singapore Prime Minister also is concerned about the military role of Vietnam in Kampuchea (Cambodia) and its possible threat to other areas of Southeast Asia. Earlier he'd discussed Indonesia's problems in Thailand with Prime Minister Kriangsak Chomanan.
After leaving West Germany, Mr. Lee was planning to visit Brussels and Luxembourg before meeting the new British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.