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Singapore will do all it can to push RCEP negotiations forward as Asean chair: PM Lee

2017-11-15 10:15:40       source:Straitstimes

November 14, 2017

MANILA - Singapore will do all it can to push negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) forward as chairman of Asean in 2018, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (Nov 14).

Addressing leaders from 15 other nations in discussions on the mega free trade deal at the RCEP Summit here, he thanked Indonesia for its leadership on the pact, adding: "We appreciate the combined efforts of all participating countries; all have worked very hard to make progress."

The summit was the first sit-down meeting between leaders of all 16 countries in the trade deal since the launch of negotiations in November 2012.

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