PM Lee Hsien Loong meets US President Donald Trump for first time

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong meeting with President of The United States of America, Donald Trump, at Hamburg Messe on July 8, 2017.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong meeting with President of The United States of America, Donald Trump, at Hamburg Messe on July 8, 2017. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong meeting with President of The United States of America, Donald Trump, at Hamburg Messe on July 8, 2017.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong meeting with President of The United States of America, Donald Trump, at Hamburg Messe on July 8, 2017. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
PM Lee Hsien Loong meets US President Donald Trump at G-20 Summit.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

HAMBURG - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met United States President Donald Trump for the first time on Saturday (July 8), on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G-20) Leaders' Summit.

 Both leaders reaffirmed excellent bilateral ties and committed to work together to advance the relationship, said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

"President Trump looked forward to receiving Prime Minister Lee in Washington DC later this year. This will be an opportunity to further broaden and deepen bilateral collaboration," the statement added.

Mr Lee welcomed the Trump administration's continued engagement of the Asia-Pacific and looked forward to Mr Trump's participation in the ASEAN-US Summit, East Asia Summit, and APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in November. 

The leaders also exchanged views on regional and international developments.

After they shook hands, Mr Trump said: "The Prime Minister of Singapore, we're very close, the relationship is very close, and we expect to do some excellent things together in many ways."

"We have a very big relationship now," Mr Trump added. "It will probably get much bigger."

Mr Lee thanked Mr Trump, and said: "We have many things going on with the US, and we hope to do more under your administration."

 
 

Their meeting built upon their two previous telephone conversations in December last year and in April, said the PMO.

 

Mr Lee was accompanied by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat and Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at the meeting, while Mr Trump was accompanied by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.