President Trump accepts invitation to make state visit to Singapore

President Trump accepts invitation to make state visit to Singapore

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US President Donald Trump and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at a bilateral meeting on Monday (Jun 11). (Photo: Twitter/Dan Scavino Jr)

SINGAPORE: United States President Donald Trump on Monday (Jun 11) accepted an invitation from his Singapore counterpart Halimah Yacob to make a state visit to Singapore in November. 

The announcement came after he had a four-eye meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana. Mr Lee also hosted Mr Trump to a working luncheon on Monday.

A press statement from the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said the two leaders had a "good discussion on a range of regional and global developments". They reaffirmed the excellent relations between the two countries across their economic, defence and security spheres. 

Mr Trump thanked Mr Lee for Singapore's hosting of the summit between the US and North Korea that is due to take place at Capella Hotel in Sentosa on Tuesday. He also expressed the US’ continued commitment to engage the region and his support for Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN, MFA said.

In a Facebook post on Monday evening, Mr Lee said that Mr Trump hosted him at the White House last October, and that he was "glad to reciprocate his hospitality". 

"I wished him all the best for tomorrow’s summit, which we hope will be a first step on the path to peace," the Prime Minister also said, adding that he was "looking forward to a positive outcome". 

President Trump and PM Lee last met in October 2017, during Mr Lee's visit to Washington DC at Mr Trump’s invitation.

Mr Trump's state visit in November will coincide with the 6th ASEAN-US Summit and 13th East Asia Summit.

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Source: CNA/hs