Mutual recognition of health certificates discussed in phone call between PM Lee and Japan PM Suga

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke with his Japanese counterpart Suga Yoshihide on Tuesday (May 25), during a call in which both leaders exchanged views on regional and international developments.

PM Lee said in a Facebook post that he had hoped to meet Mr Suga in person at the Shangri-La Dialogue next month, but that the high-level security forum could not take place now because of Covid-19.

Mr Suga had been slated to deliver the keynote speech at the high-level security forum.

Instead, the Prime Minister has invited him to visit Singapore when circumstances permit.

In their phone call, Mr Lee said Singapore looked forward to deepening economic and public health cooperation with Japan, in order to support the post-Covid-19 recoveries of both countries.

This includes cooperation on areas such as the mutual recognition of health certificates, said the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MFA) in a statement.

The leaders also discussed Singapore’s food import requirements, under which imports from Fukushima are subjected to pre-export tests and have to provide certificates of origin.

Singapore is satisfied with the results of its food safety surveillance tests and will be lifting these requirements, MFA said.

In 2011, an earthquake caused a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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