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V i s i t o f Singapore M in ister Of Foreign A ffa ir s

: The A c tin g M in is te r f o r F o re ig n A f f a ir s , S e n a to r W iile se e ,an n o u n c e d today

t h a t th e M in is te r f o r F o reig n A f f a ir s o f th e R e p u b lic o f Singapore,M r Sinnatham by

R ajaratnam ,. would v i s i t A u s t r a lia from 9 to 17 November a s a g u e s t o f th e A u s tr a lia n

Government.

Mr Rajaratnam, a founding member o f Sin gapore!s governing P eop les A ction P arty,

has b een a c ti v e i n p u b lic l i v e s in c e h is e l e c t i o n to th e S in g ap o re L e g is la tiv e Assembly-

i n 1959· I n A ugust 19 6 5, he became S in g a p o re ’ s f i r s t F o re ig n M in is te r . He a ls o h eld

th e Labour p o r t f o l i o from 1968 u n t i l J u ly 1971· T his w i l l be Mr R ajara tn a m 1s f i r s t .

v i s i t to A u s tr a lia . ' .

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S e n a to r W iile s e e s a id t h a t th e A u s tr a lia n Government welcomed th e o p p o rtu n ity

a f f o r d e d by th e v i s i t to exchange view s w ith S in g ap o re on th e i n t e r n a t i o n a l scen e and. .

on a s p e c ts o f b i l a t e r a l r e l a t i o n s betw een th e two c o u n tr ie s . Mr R ajaratn am , w i l l have

d is c u s s io n s i n C anberra on 15 and 16 November.

S e n io r W iile s e e a ls o n o te d t h a t Mr R ajaratn am had a c c e p te d a n i n v i t a t i o n from th e

A u s tr a lia n I n s t i t u t e o f I n t e r n a t i o n a l A f f a ir s to be t h i s y e a r ’ s Dyason L e c tu re r.

Mr R ajaratn am , th e f i r s t F o re ig n M in is te r to d e l i v e r th e Dyason L e c tu re rs , w i l l

speak to a u d ie n c e s i n P e r th on 9 November, Sydney on 12 November,M elbourne on

13 November, A d e laid e on 14 November, and i n C anberra on 15 November. .