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June 12, 2018 04:06
Two Indian-Origin Ministers to Play Key Role in Trump-Kim Summit

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Two Indian-origin Ministers in Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan, and K. Shanmugam are playing a primal role in facilitating a hassle-free summit.

Balakrishnan, Singapore's Foreign Minister, made crucial sojourns to Washington, Pyongyang, and Beijing in recent days to ensure that there would be no last-minute spoilers for the historic summit hosted by the city-state.

Shanmugam, Singapore's Minister for Law and Home Affairs, has the responsibility to ensure that summit goes without a hitch from the security point of view.

Among the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both United States and North Korea, Singapore is the one among those.

Balakrishnan, who received Kim Jong-un, supreme leader of North Korea on Sunday at Changi Airport said the summit comes after 70 years of suspicion, war and, diplomatic failures. "This is not the way conventional diplomacy would have been conducted, but perhaps you need two very unconventional leaders to have brought us to this stage," he told the BBC.

He further said that the Singapore government was footing the hotel bill for Kim and delegation.

Interim, Shanmugam is confident that security is in place for the summit. "The fact that we prepared this in two weeks, this adds to logistics demands by officers who worked around the clock," Mr. Shanmugam said at a security briefing on Sunday.

Besides, according to the report, the popular Indian dishes like Pulao, Daal, Fish Curry, Chicken Curry, Chicken Korma and Papad will be among the items served to nearly 3,000 journalists from across the world who are there to cover the summit at the F1 Pit Building, the authorized media center for the summit, in downtown Singapore.

By Sowmya Sangam

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