Singaporean, Australian PMs to meet online

Matt Coughlan
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will meet with Scott Morrison over the internet

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will have a digital meeting with his Singaporean counterpart after his Australian visit was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was due to come to Australia later this week, but will no longer make the trip.

"We will now have the meeting done virtually and signing documents in digital," Mr Morrison told the Seven Network on Monday.

"Business and governments can carry on even through the midst of all this."

In a statement, the Singapore High Commission in Canberra said both sides had agreed to conduct discussions via video conference and proceed with signing bilateral agreements.

"Prime Minister Scott Morrison telephoned Prime Minister Lee over the weekend to discuss the visit in view of Australia's travel restrictions on in-bound visitors," a spokesperson said.

"They agreed that discussions will be done via video conference instead, and to proceed with the planned signings of important bilateral agreements."

The spokesperson said the move would maintain momentum of the Australia-Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.