Bush praises Singapore en route to Hanoi

Nov. 16, 2006 at 7:17 AM

SINGAPORE, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush had an amicable hourlong meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Thursday.

Bush and first lady Laura Bush arrived in Singapore early Thursday and visited a museum before meeting with Lee at Astana, the official residence of Singapore's president.

Lee described the two men's relationship as "excellent," and said he and Bush had discussed regional matters, the Middle East, security issues and terrorism. He said the two countries' interests were aligned and joked that he and Bush had exchanged views so many times, "we know how each other thinks."

In turn, Bush thanked Lee for briefing him firsthand on events in the "neighborhood" of Southeast Asia.

Bush stopped in Singapore on his way to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Leaders meeting in Vietnam, which begins Friday.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kim Jong Un had terrapin farm manager executed, says source
B-52 bombers demo long reach of U.S. air power
Army orders tactical trucks from Oshkosh
More than 80 percent of North Korean defectors are women, says report
North Korea requests medical aid from U.N. agencies