As it happens: President Obama hosts PM Lee at the White House

As it happens: President Obama hosts PM Lee at the White House

Prime Minister Lee says his trip to the US is "short but significant". He was invited to the White House to mark the longstanding friendship between Singapore and the US, he says.

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WASHINGTON, DC: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday (Aug 2), as part of his state visit to the United States.

Speaking at the White House South Lawn, where Mr Obama welcomed him at an official arrival ceremony, Mr Lee said Singapore’s ties with the United States will remain steadfast, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential elections. In turn, Mr Obama noted that Singapore and the US are "solid-rock partners" and that Singapore "is an anchor of (the US') presence in the region".

This marks the first official visit to the US by a Singapore Prime Minister since 1985, and is expected to provide opportunities to renew and expand bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The two countries on Monday inked an MOU to promote technology partnerships between infrastructure firms from both sides.

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Later on Tuesday, Mr Lee will be hosted to a state dinner by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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As it happens: PM Lee meets with President Obama

Mr Lee kicked off his official visit on Monday with a meeting with the US Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew at Blair House. He also met up with US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter who received Mr Lee at the Pentagon with an enhanced honour cordon, reserved for America's closest allies.

Source: CNA/dl