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By Russel Palmer of RNZ

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has talked up the prospect of stronger defence ties with Singapore, including possibly allowing Singaporean drones to use New Zealand airspace.

Luxon says he would also be interested in more joint training exercises, but refused to commit to increased funding for the New Zealand Defence Force in the short term.

The Prime Minister is in Singapore as part of his trip this week to Southeast Asia, which will also be stopping in Thailand and the Philippines.

The Singapore leg will include meetings with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, President Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong.

Luxon told reporters he was keen on deepening New Zealand’s defence ties with Singapore.

“I think there is more work that we can do, to do more work together in the defence and security space. We’ve historically had joint exercises whether that’s back home in New Zealand or …

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