Month: June 2018

Trump-Kim Summit: The Meeting Begins

Following is the press statement issued by The White House Office of the Press Secretary of the brief remarks by both leaders before the start of their bilateral talks at the Capella Hotel at 9.08 this morning: Q    Mr. President, how do you feel (inaudible)? PRESIDENT TRUMP: I feel really great.  We’re going to have a great discussion and, I think, tremendous success. It will be tremendously successful.  And it’s my honor.  And we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt. CHAIRMAN KIM:  (As interpreted.)  Well, it was not easy to get here.  The past worked as fetters...

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US-North Korea Summit : A Hopeful Start on Journey of Peace

MONDAY, 11th June 2018: Yesterday Air Force One landed at a Singapore military airport with President Donald J Trump arriving for the US-North Korea denuclearization talks that will be held tomorrow where he will meet the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un.  The historic meeting might see the the laying of the groundwork for ending a nuclear stand-off between the long-time foes. President Trump was met by Singapore’s Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan at Paya Lebar Airport (pictured above) amidst a tight security cordon placed in the island especially the talks venue at...

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32nd ASEAN SUMMIT Round Up

  ON the last day of the 32nd ASEAN Summit at a press conference by PM Lee Hsien Loong with Singapore as this year’s ASEAN Chair, the Prime Minister gave a brief round up of the Summit where he said the leaders have  adopted several “deliverables” in line with ASEAN’s priorities this year to strengthen its resilience and innovative capacity in the areas of: The ASEAN Leaders’ Vision for a Resilient and Innovative ASEAN which reaffirms the key principles for ASEAN cooperation and articulates the regional grouping’s common vision Establishment of the ASEAN Smart Cities Network which uses technology...

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PM Modi Visit: When Two Lions Meet 

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off his 3-day visit to Singapore from 31st May 2018 with a rousing speech at a business-cum-community event at the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Grand Ballroom where he addressed over 4,000 people – who included business leaders as well as members of the Indian diaspora in Singapore. He was accompanied on his arrival at MBS by Singapore’s Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong. Together, the prime ministers toured InSpreneur 2.0, an exhibition on startups by Indian and Singapore companies that feature the latest in technological and digital innovations. In his speech, PM Modi...

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Dr VB in Argentina: G20 & Bilateral Meetings

THE Singapore Foreign Minister, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, was on a working visit to Buenos Aires from 22 to 23 May 2018 for a series of bilateral meetings with Argentine leaders. He earlier attended the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting  on 21 May 2018. Singapore has been invited to participate in the G20 process as the ASEAN Chair this year. Singapore is also the representative of the Global Governance Group (3G), an informal grouping of 30 small and medium sized countries, which seeks to promote cooperation between G20 and non-G20 countries. In Argentina he had met President Mauricio Macri and had...

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