Both sides also discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and recognised the importance of closer cooperation “to enable both countries to emerge stronger together from the pandemic in an inclusive and sustainable manner,” said the statement.
“The leaders reaffirmed the strong people-to-people ties which have always been the core of the bilateral relationship,” it added.
“Our peoples share close bonds of friendship and amity which have continued to flourish even during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the restoration of travel links following the easing of the global COVID-19 situation.”
President Halimah also expressed Singapore’s appreciation for the contributions of Philippine healthcare workers to Singapore’s fight against COVID-19.
During their meetings, the leaders of Singapore and the Philippines exchanged views on key regional and international developments.
They emphasised the importance of strengthening ASEAN centrality and unity, deepening regional economic integration including through digital transformation, and upholding rules-based multilateralism to promote peace and stability in the region.
Both sides reiterated ASEAN’s consistent position on the South China Sea and reaffirmed the importance of maintaining peace, security, stability, safety, and freedom of navigation and overflight in and above the South China Sea.
On the situation in Myanmar, the leaders reiterated the call for all political detainees, including Aung San Suu Kyi, to be released.
“They also expressed deep disappointment at the limited progress in and lack of commitment of the military authorities to the timely and complete implementation of the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus, including the lack of cooperation by the Myanmar military authorities to facilitate the ASEAN Special Envoy to engage in constructive dialogue with all parties concerned,” said the joint statement.
“The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to supporting ASEAN’s efforts in alleviating the humanitarian situation in Myanmar.”