Hong Kong’s incoming leader John Lee Ka-chiu met a senior official from Singapore on Wednesday as the two reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining warm bilateral ties. In a statement, the government said the chief executive-elect welcomed Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security of Singapore Teo Chee Hean to his office. Teo is the first foreign official Lee has met after he won the chief executive election on May 8 and received his letter of appointment from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday. “[The chief executive-elect] introduced to [Teo] the policy vision of the sixth-term Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the direction for Hong Kong’s future development,” the statement read. “Mr Lee says he looks forward to maintaining close ties between Hong Kong and Singapore after he assumes office.” According to a statement issued by the Singaporean government, Teo congratulated Lee on his electoral success. “Teo and … Lee affirmed the warm and friendly ties between Singapore and Hong Kong, and took stock of bilateral cooperation in a wide range of areas. They reaffirmed their commitment to keep up the good momentum of bilateral collaboration in the years ahead in line with the priorities of both cities,” the statement said. “Teo expressed confidence that Singapore and Hong Kong would continue to progress together and contribute to the economic vibrancy of the region.” Teo also conveyed an invitation from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for Lee to visit Singapore. Singapore ministers in town to meet Hong Kong’s current and next leaders Teo and Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan arrived in Hong Kong on Sunday for a four-day working visit, with analysts saying the meetings were important for the two cities to strengthen bilateral ties amid complicated geopolitical situations. The duo held separate talks on Monday with outgoing Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Leung Chun-ying, Lam’s predecessor and currently a vice-chairman of China’s top advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. It is the second time Hong Kong has hosted ministers from Singapore since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, after health minister Ong Ye Kung visited for a global conference last November when Hong Kong recorded no infections for months. In a statement issued on Monday after their meeting, Lam said Singapore was the destination of her first official trip overseas after taking office five years ago, a move that was symbolic of the strong relationship between the two cities. In an op-ed piece written by Teo on Monday, he said the two cities faced similar challenges, including ageing populations, affordable housing, education, climate change and urban development.