The New Zealand Prime Minister, Mr. Robert Muldoon, has completed a three day private visit?
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Background: The New Zealand Prime Minister, Mr. Robert Muldoon, has completed a three day private visit to Singapore during which he held talks with Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
After the talks, Mr. Muldoon visited some of the one thousand New Zealand military personnel based in Singapore.
Speaking to the New Zealand Air Force contingent. Mr. Muldoon indicated that hiss government would continue with its present policy of basing troops in Singapore.
The Prime Minister said that the New Zealand serviceman would remains "as long as the Singapore government allows."
However, he denied that there was any move to formalise the stationing of New Zealand troops in Singapore on a permanent basis.
Speaking at a news conference later, Mr.Muldoon warned the United States not to become ore-occupied with the North Pacific and Europe to the detriment of South East Asia.
The Prime Minister said that the new United States administration should not overlook the fact that the South Pacific region "still existed".
Mr. Muldoon said that member countries within the Association of South East Asian Nations were hopeful of continued United States support.
After leaving Singapore, Mr. Muldoon flew on to West Germany.