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Trump speaks with Singaporean PM on meeting with Kim

IANS  |  Washington 

US on Friday spoke with Singaporean Loong to discuss his upcoming meeting with top of North Korea,

According to a statement of the White House, Trump, in a telephone call, thanked Lee for his willingness to host his June 12 meeting with Kim, reported.

The two leaders also discussed regional security dynamics in the region. Trump and Lee reaffirmed the bilateral relationship, which the said had been "one of the United States' closest partnerships in for more than 50 years."

Trump said that he looks forward to seeing Lee in soon.

When asked about the reason why was chosen, Principal on Thursday told the media that the Southeast Asian nation has a relationship with both the and

They can ensure both the President's security and Kim Jong Un's security, as well as provide neutrality, he said.

Troy Stangarone, and trade at the Washington-based non-profit Korea Economic Institute, told that "is a neutral location for both sides that has traditionally been seen as a place where the East meets the West."

"The and have previously held meetings there, and the infrastructure is well placed to hold a summit meeting. Also, due to diplomatic and business ties, it is a place where the North Koreans would feel comfortable meeting," he said.



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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 02:40 IST