The Prime Minister of Australia and Singapore had private talks in canberra 19/10, as demonstrations continued against Mr.
The Prime Minister of Australia and Singapore had private talks in canberra 19/10, as demonstrations continued against Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
Mr. Lee and Mr. Fraser discussed questions of defence and trade for more than an hour before moving to the Cabinet room at Parliament House for extended talks on foreign affairs.
Mr. Lee's arrival from Sydney sparked another demonstration, mainly by students, many of whom wore the now familiar hoods and masks. These, they say, protect their identity and safeguard against possible action against their families in Singapore.
Mr. Lee inspected a guard of honour at the airport before moving to Parliament House where demonstrators subjected him to a barrage of abuse. Slogans attacked alleged repression of political opponents in Singapore and called for the release of political prisoners.
Later a spokesman for Mr. Fraser said the talks were warm and cordial on matters of bilateral, regional and world interest. Mr. Lee's visit to Canberra is the work section of his Australian visit, which includes formal luncheons and dinners and a considerable amount of golf.
The visit is seen as a reflection of his growing interest in Australia and in his desire to strengthen his personal relationship with Mr. Fraser.