We have been picked for our 'neutral' stance and location.
After weeks of rumours, it was finally announced late last night that Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet for their long-awaited peace talks in Singapore early next month. In a tweet from The Donald, he said: "The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!"
While it's always nice for the Little Red Dot to be in the news, many of us were wondering why is the leader of the Free World meeting the North Korean leader here? Well, we seem to have been chosen for a couple of reasons. First and foremost it seems to come down to neutrality, both in terms of politics and in terms of geography. Not only is Singapore viewed as more neutral in terms of its alliances but it stands in good stead with most of the world leaders. Then geographically, Singapore stands pretty much mid way for both countries and is seen as being easily accessible for both leaders.
Moving onto the talks themselves, the announcement of the actual meeting location and time comes just one day after North Korea freed three American prisoners during US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's most recent visit to Pyongyang. And while Trump has been cautiously of his chances of breaching peace with the communist country and their leader, yesterday he seemed cautiously optimistic as he said: "We are starting off on a new footing, I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful. A lot of very good things have happened, I really think he wants to do something and bring the country into the real world. It's never been taken this far, there has never been a relationship like this. I really think a lot of progress has been made."