PM Lee, Trump to meet in Germany next week

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will meet United States President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, next week.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced this in a statement yesterday. It also shared a link on Twitter to a White House press briefing on Mr Trump's visit to Poland and Germany.

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Mr Trump will meet world leaders, including the host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and PM Lee.

PM Lee last spoke to Mr Trump in April, when the US President called and extended an invitation to him to visit the White House. PM Lee said he has accepted the invitation and hopes to make the trip this year.

Both leaders "affirmed the deep and longstanding relationship between Singapore and the United States" during the phone call on April 30, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at the time.

"They expressed satisfaction that ministers from both sides are already working with each other, and looked forward to meeting each other soon," the ministry said.

The two leaders also spoke over the phone on Dec 2 last year, soon after Mr Trump's election victory.

They will meet for the first time at the two-day G-20 summit, which will take place on July 7 and 8.

Singapore is not a member of the G-20, which comprises the world's 20 largest developed and developing economies. They make up about two-thirds of the world population, 85 per cent of the global economy and over 75 per cent of world trade.

However, Singapore has been invited to participate in the G-20 summits and related processes in 2010 and 2011, and, from 2013 to this year, as a representative of the Global Governance Group (3G).

The 3G is an informal group of 30 small and medium-sized countries which aims to promote greater transparency and inclusivity in the G-20 process.

Germany, which holds the rotating G-20 presidency in 2017, has invited Singapore to attend the summit and various meetings this year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2017, with the headline 'PM Lee, Trump to meet in Germany next week'. Print Edition | Subscribe