London Mayor Boris Johnson hops on an MRT train to meet PM Lee

Mayor of London Boris Johnson finds a seat on the train at Bayfront Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station during his visit in Singapore on Nov 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mayor of London Boris Johnson finds a seat on the train at Bayfront Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station during his visit in Singapore on Nov 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mayor of London Boris Johnson (second left) introduces himself to two Japanese tourists on the train at Bayfront Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station during his visit in Singapore on Nov 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mayor of London Boris Johnson (second left) introduces himself to two Japanese tourists on the train at Bayfront Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station during his visit in Singapore on Nov 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mayor of London Boris Johnson disembarks the train with Managing Director of Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) Trains Lee Ling Wee (right) at Marina Bay station during his visit in Singapore on Nov 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mayor of London Boris Johnson disembarks the train with Managing Director of Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) Trains Lee Ling Wee (right) at Marina Bay station during his visit in Singapore on Nov 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mayor of London Boris Johnson sits next to two Japanese tourists on the train at Bayfront Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station during his visit in Singapore on Nov 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mayor of London Boris Johnson sits next to two Japanese tourists on the train at Bayfront Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station during his visit in Singapore on Nov 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson on Nov 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson on Nov 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION
Mayor of London Boris Johnson taps his fare card as he takes a train with Managing Director of Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) Trains Lee Ling Wee (centre) at Bayfront Station during his visit in Singapore on Nov 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mayor of London Boris Johnson taps his fare card as he takes a train with Managing Director of Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) Trains Lee Ling Wee (centre) at Bayfront Station during his visit in Singapore on Nov 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE -Mayor of London Boris Johnson hopped onto an MRT train to his meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday, during a visit to Singapore.

"Riding Singapore's gleaming tube - the MRT - this morning on the way to a meeting with the PM," he posted in Twitter, along with a photo of him sitting beside an elderly couple.

The Tube is what Londoners call their subway train system.

He also posted a photo of his meeting with PM Lee, and wrote: "Good discussion with PM Lee on trade, Europe and opportunities for growth between London and the UK & Singapore."

Mr Johnson is leading a delegation of financial technology startups on a roadshow to the region, and is in the city state from Thursday till Saturday (Nov 27 to 29).

On Thursday, he visited the site where the new Terminal 4 of Changi Airport is being constructed.

He will also be visiting the Botanic Gardens, said a statement from British High Commission of Singapore.

Mayor Johnson has been mayor of Britain's capital city since 2008. He is moving on to Indonesia and Malaysia after his stay in Singapore.

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