Singapore To Spend $20 Million To Host Trump And Kim Jong-un On Tuesday


New Delhi:  US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have reached Singapore. The Singapore government is expected to spend about $20 million to host the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday. Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the United States and North Korea.

"It's our contribution to an international endeavour which is in our profound interest," Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told reporters at the huge media centre the city-state had constructed to deal with the enormous demand.

Over 2,500 journalists are covering the summit, the first between a sitting United States President and a North Korean leader. Lee said the cost of the summit was $20 million Singapore.

"It is a cost we are willing to pay," he said, adding that security costs would account for about half of that figure. The summit has the potential to set developments on the Korean Peninsula on a new path, Lee was quoted as saying by Straits Times newspaper. The summit is a plus for Singapore, he said.

"It gives us publicity. The fact that we have been chosen as the site of the meeting - we did not ask for it, but we were asked and we agreed - says something about Singapore's relations with the parties, with America, with North Korea, also our standing in the international community," he said.

Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee, hours after arriving here. Kim was greeted at Singapore's Changi airport by Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Vivian Balakrishnan.

Balakrishnan, an Indian-origin politician, had earlier visited Pyongyang and held talks with senior North Korean leaders to tie-up the details of the summit.

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