Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Singapore will send a medical support team to Iraq as its contribution towards global efforts to defeat the Islamic State (IS), said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on August 2.

“Every day in the papers, you read of new attacks somewhere, US, Europe, to Middle East, and closer to home, in Indonesia and Malaysia”, Lee said at a joint press conference with US President Barack Obama in Washington.

“We see the efforts to counter IS as crucial. That’s why Singapore is a member of the counter-IS coalition and we have made a modest contribution to the effort to counter IS,” he added.

Singapore declared in November 2014 that it would support the multinational coalition against the extremist group.

The country has sent liaison and intelligence officers alongside an imagery analysis team to the joint task force’s headquarters in Kuwait.

A Singapore Air Force KC-135R airplane was deployed in May last year to support air-to-air refueling operations.-VNA