SINGAPORE — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will make an official working visit to Washington DC from October 22 to 26 at the invitation of President Donald Trump, confirmed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Thursday (Oct 12).
This came after the Trump administration announced that the American leader will receive PM Lee at the White House on Oct 23.
Responding to TODAY’s queries, a MFA spokesperson said on Thursday: "In addition to President Trump, PM Lee will be meeting key administration officials as well as members of the Congressional leadership."
Mr Lee will also take part in a moderated dialogue at the Council of Foreign Relations and speak at the Economic Club of Washington DC, added the spokesperson.
In a statement on Tuesday night, the White House said that Mr Trump is looking forward to "reaffirming the relationship between the United States and Singapore, which has been one of America’s closest partners in Asia for more than 50 years".
"The President and Prime Minister will discuss ways to further strengthen our economic, political, security, and people-to-people ties, and work to advance United States engagement and mutual interests throughout the Indo-Pacific region," it added.
Since Mr Trump’s stunning election win in November last year, the two leaders have spoken to each other on at least three occasions.
In December last year, Mr Lee had called Mr Trump to congratulate him on his win in the presidential election, and invited the American President and his family to Singapore.
That was followed by a telephone call in late April during which the leaders affirmed deep and long-standing relations.
In late August this year, PM Lee called Mr Trump to express his concern and sympathies over the loss of life and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.
He also offered Singapore’s assistance in disaster relief efforts by deploying the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) CH-47 Chinook helicopters from its Peace Prairie detachment in Grand Prairie, Texas. The American leader accepted the offer.
This upcoming visit will be PM Lee's second trip to the White House in just over a year.
In August last year, PM Lee – at the invitation of then President Barack Obama - visited the US to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties.
It was the first official visit by a Singaporean Prime Minister in more than 30 years.