SINGAPORE: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (Jun 12) that the agreement signed at a summit between the United States and North Korea was a "dramatic step forward".
In letters to US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Mr Lee congratulated them on the successful conclusion of the summit, adding that Singapore is honoured to be the host.
At the summit held in Singapore on Tuesday, Mr Trump and Mr Kim signed a document in which North Korea committed to "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" in exchange for US security guarantees.
"It is a crucial first move in the long journey towards lasting peace and stability on a denuclearised Korean Peninsula," Mr Lee wrote in both letters.
To Mr Trump, Mr Lee also said that he looks forward to welcoming the US President again in Singapore in November for a state visit.
To Mr Kim, he wrote: "I hope you have enjoyed your stay in Singapore, including the walk at Marina Bay, and I look forward to meeting you again in the near future."
In a Facebook post on Tuesday evening, Mr Lee also thanked Singaporeans and the people who worked on the summit.
"You did an outstanding job, making sure each component of the Summit was well taken care of," Mr Lee wrote. "Thanks also to Singaporeans for showing the world what we can do. Thank you all!"
Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan also expressed hope that the tide will turn for the two Koreas.
"Just bid farewell to President Trump and Chairman Kim today. Glad to see that both sides achieved a successful conclusion at the historic #SingaporeSummit. This is a crucial first step on a long journey towards lasting peace and stability on a denuclearised Korean Peninsula," he wrote in a Facebook post late on Tuesday night.
He extended his appreciation to the people working behind the scenes, in particular, the staff members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.