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Small states must work together to have bigger say in the world: PM Lee

We must cooperate to deal with fundamental realities and challenges, he tells Forum of Small States

New York

IF small states do not manage their external relations carefully, their freedom to determine their own destinies could be severely restricted even if they remain sovereign or independent in name, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in New York on Wednesday (Thursday morning, Singapore time).

Fundamental realities like that are why small states have to work together to advance their common interests and amplify their influence in the world, he said at a reception for leaders of small states that was hosted by Singapore.

The countries represented are part of the Forum of Small States, an informal grouping started by Singapore almost 30 years ago to make common cause together. From an initial...

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