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Trump, Lee to hold bilateral meetings, working lunch today

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

US will today hold a meeting with Lee Hsien Loong, ahead of the historic US-summit tomorrow.

The meeting between the two leaders will be followed by expanded bilateral meetings and a working lunch.

said that the President, Secretary of State, Chief of Staff, have arrived in for the June 12 summit.

Today, Sung Kim, a former US to and former nuclear with the North, will lead a US delegation for a working group with a North Korean delegation at hotel, Sanders said.

"We are also planning a briefing by senior administration officials in the filing centre at the JW Marriott tentatively scheduled for 5pm local time," she said in the briefing note issued in yesterday.

During the flight, the spent time meeting with his staff, reading materials, and preparing for his meetings in

Kim yesterday held a meeting with Lee.

He thanked Singapore's organisation of the summit as if it was "their own family affair".

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations as well as the summit and the recent positive developments on the

Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Kim and Trump to come together for the Summit.

Lee wished Kim a success for the summit and expressed hope that the US-DPRK meeting will advance the prospects for peace and stability in the and the larger region.

Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the US and

Trump and Kim are set to meet on Tuesday at the on Sentosa for talks which could see dismantle its nuclear arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees.

The summit will be the first meeting between Trump and Kim and mark a turnaround of relations between the two leaders after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults.

The two leaders have had an extraordinary up-and-down relationship over the past 18 months.

Some 2,500 journalists are reporting on the event, which is costing Singapore about SGD 20 million.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 07:15 IST