Published: 27 April 2017
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam is on an official visit to the United States of America (US) from 25 to 28 April 2017. He is accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2. On 26 April 2017, Minister Shanmugam met with the US Secretary of Homeland Security John F Kelly in Washington D.C. This was their first meeting since Secretary Kelly's appointment. Minister Shanmugam and Secretary Kelly exchanged views on the threat of global terrorism and the challenges posed by radicalisation in Southeast Asia.
3. On 26 April 2017, Minister Shanmugam also delivered a keynote speech at a seminar in Washington D.C on "The Conflict in Syria and Radicalisation in Southeast Asia". The seminar was co-organised by the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). In his speech, Minister Shanmugam spoke about the threat posed by returning foreign terrorist fighters and Singapore's strategies in the fight against extremism and terrorism.
4. On 27 April 2017, Minister Shanmugam will meet with Mr Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the President on Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism. He will also have separate bilateral meetings with senior officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). At these meetings, Minister Shanmugam and the respective officials will reaffirm the good security cooperation between Singapore and the US, and discuss opportunities to further strengthen our cooperation.