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US President Obama to host Singapore PM at state dinner

US President Obama to host Singapore PM at state dinner
White House says leaders to discuss how relationship can continue to address international challenges

By Kirsten Han

Singapore (AA) – Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has accepted an invitation from the White House to visit United States President Barack Obama in August, where the latter will host a state dinner in his honor.

"It will mark the progress we have made, especially with this Administration. It will also be a chance to see how we can build on our friendship beyond the November US elections," Lee wrote on his Facebook page Thursday.

"As partners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the Counter-ISIL [-Daesh] coalition, and the Paris Climate agreement, the two leaders will discuss how our relationship can continue to address international challenges and advance a rules-based order for the Asia-Pacific," the White House said in a press statement.

A state dinner, which can cost from $200,000 to over $500,000, is the highest diplomatic honor that the U.S. can give to a visiting dignitary, and is therefore saved for the strongest U.S. allies.

State dinners were hosted for four other Asian countries during Obama's administration: China, Japan, South Korea and India.

source: News Feed
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