Singapore 'happy to play our part for world peace': Balakrishnan on Trump-Kim summit

Singapore 'happy to play our part for world peace': Balakrishnan on Trump-Kim summit

Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan will make an official visit to Pyongyang on Thursday (Jun 7) at the invitation of his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho. This comes on the back of his working visit to Washington on Tuesday when he met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton. 

SINGAPORE: Singapore is "happy to play (its) part for world peace", said Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan on Wednesday (Jun 6), less than a week before the planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

On Tuesday, Dr Balakrishnan met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton during a working trip to Washington. 

Mr Pompeo and Mr Bolton expressed appreciation for Singapore's hosting of the summit, set to be held on Jun 12 at the Capella Hotel in Sentosa, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a news release.  

"Minister Balakrishnan welcomed the upcoming visit of President Trump and Chairman Kim to Singapore and expressed the hope that the upcoming summit would contribute towards lasting peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula," it added.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Dr Balakrishnan wrote: "This is an expression of both sides' trust and confidence in Singapore's ability to be a trusted, secure, and neutral host, and we are happy to play our part for world peace."

At the meeting, Dr Balakrishnan, Mr Pompeo and Mr Bolton also reaffirmed the "excellent and longstanding ties" between Singapore and the US on defence, security and the economy, MFA said.

The US officials also expressed support for Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year, and discussed ways in which the US could deepen its "enduring strategic and economic interests" in the Asia Pacific and strengthen its engagement of the region, it added.

Source: CNA/mn(cy)

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