US values Asia-Pacific, says PM Lee

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs Lee arrived at the White House on the morning of Aug 3 to a ceremony full of pomp and pageantry on the South Lawn complete with the playing of the national anthem, a gun salute, review of troops and co
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs Lee arrived at the White House on the morning of Aug 3 to a ceremony full of pomp and pageantry on the South Lawn complete with the playing of the national anthem, a gun salute, review of troops and colours. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The United States values the Asia-Pacific, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said, stressing that the warm welcome and state dinner that Singapore received in Washington this past week reflected this emphasis and went beyond bilateral ties.

Speaking to the Singapore media on Wednesday, PM Lee also said the decision to send a medical team to contribute to the effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group was made with Singapore's own interests in mind.

"We are a target of ISIS anyway," he said, dismissing the notion that Singapore's increased contribution would make it more of a target.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2016, with the headline 'US values Asia-Pacific, says PM Lee'. Print Edition | Subscribe