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Trump thanks Singapore for hosting Kim summit in call

People watch a TV screen showing file footage of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, on May 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is thanking the prime minister of Singapore for agreeing to host his upcoming summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

The White House says the president spoke Friday by phone with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (lee shyehn loong) and thanked him for his willingness to host the June 12 meeting.

The two leaders also discussed regional security issues and reaffirmed their countries' partnership.

In a separate statement, Singapore's ministry of foreign affairs said the country is honored to host the "historic and momentous event" and would do its best to facilitate "a smooth and successful meeting."

The prime minister also invited Trump to return to Singapore in November for a state. Trump said he would try.

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