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Trump meets Lee ahead of historic summit with Kim

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

US today met Loong, just a day before his historic summit with North Korean leader Un.

Trump was received by Lee at the presidential palace Istana, where they were expected to discuss everything from the summit preparations to the US' tariff threats.

The US was accompanied by Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, and

The meeting was Trump's only scheduled public event today.

Lee also hosted a working lunch for Trump and his delegation.

At the lunch, Trump expressed optimism for tomorrow's meeting with Kim and also thanked his hosts for their hospitality.

"We have a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely," he said. "But we appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and your friendship."

Earlier, Trump tweeted it was "great to be in Singapore, excitement is in the air".

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 5 pm 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-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 tomorrow 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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 11:20 IST