SINGAPORE: Singapore and the United States will deepen bilateral cooperation in the transport sector, working together in areas such as reviving international air travel in a safe manner amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The two countries will also strengthen cooperation in multilateral organisations such as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the US Department of Transport said in a joint statement on Friday, report agencies.
The statement, which followed an introductory virtual meeting between Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung and his US counterpart Pete Buttigieg on Thursday, said the countries will build on the excellent cooperation established over the years by agencies and officials on both sides, including in areas such as the exchange of best practices on urban transport systems.In a post on Facebook on Friday morning following the meeting, Mr Ong said he had a fruitful discussion with Mr Buttigieg despite the 12 hour time difference between Singapore and the US. It was 8pm in Singapore and 8am in Washington when they met virtually. “Secretary Buttigieg and I are in full agreement on the need to safely restore international air travel and to strengthen our collaboration on climate action and sustainability, including at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and International Maritime Organisation (IMO),” said Mr Ong.