Vivian visiting Washington and New York

Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan kicks off a five-day working visit to the United States today that will take him to Washington and New York.

He is slated to meet senior officials in the administration of US President Donald Trump during the visit, besides principal figures in the US Senate and House of Representatives.

In addition, Dr Balakrishnan will meet prominent US strategic thinkers and academics.

He will also speak at the American Jewish Committee Global Forum World Leaders' Plenary.

During the visit, Dr Balakrishnan will host separate receptions for the inaugural recipients of the US-Singapore Summer Exchange Scholarship - which was announced during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's official visit to the US last year - and for the Singaporean community living in the Washington area.

While in New York, Dr Balakrishnan will attend the High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (The Ocean Conference).

He is due to deliver Singapore's national statement at the conference on Thursday, which is the last day of his trip.

Dr Balakrishnan will be accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on his visit.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 04, 2017, with the headline 'Vivian visiting Washington and New York'. Print Edition | Subscribe