Host country Singapore shells out $15 million on Trump-Kim summit

SINGAPORE ― Playing host to one of the 21st century’s most highly watched diplomatic meetings comes with a hefty price tag, as Singapore has discovered.

The host nation of Tuesday’s U.S.-North Korea summit has shelled out $20 million Singapore dollars, or about $15 million U.S. dollars, on the historic event, according to Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Lee told reporters on Sunday that half the amount had gone toward enhancing security for the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Several million dollars also had been spent to support the contingent of about 2,500 foreign media expected to travel to the small but wealthy city-state to cover the event.

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A bartender presents cocktails "Kim" and "Trump", special drinks offered at Escobar bar to mark the summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Singapore June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - 6 JUNE: In this photo illustration, the Royal Plaza in Scotts Hotel adds summit-themed dish - the Trump-Kim Burger to its menu on June 6, 2018 in Singapore. The White House confirmed on Tuesday that the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island on June 12 as the Southeast Asian city-state prepares to host the much-anticipated event while increasing the security across the island and designated certain parts as 'a special event area'�. (Photo by Ore Huiying/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - 6 JUNE: A local eatery, Harmony Nasi Lemak, offers a special Trump Kim-Chi dish to its menu on June 6, 2018 in Singapore. The White House confirmed on Tuesday that the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island on June 12 as the Southeast Asian city-state prepares to host the much-anticipated event while increasing the security across the island and designated certain parts as 'a special event area'�. (Photo by Ore Huiying/Getty Images)
Special red and blue shots offered at Escobar bar to mark the summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, are displayed on a table in Singapore June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - 6 JUNE: In this photo illustration, Lucha Loco, a mexican restaurant and bar, have created the El Trumpo and Rocket Man tacos on June 6, 2018 in Singapore. The White House confirmed on Tuesday that the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island on June 12 as the Southeast Asian city-state prepares to host the much-anticipated event while increasing the security across the island and designated certain parts as 'a special event area'�. (Photo by Ore Huiying/Getty Images)
Cocktails "Kim" and "Trump", special drinks offered at Escobar bar to mark the summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, are displayed on a table in Singapore June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su
A bartender prepares "Trump", a special drink offered at Escobar bar to mark the summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Singapore June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - 6 JUNE: Custom-made Trump-Kim pinatas on display at Lucha Loco, a mexican restaurant and bar, on June 6, 2018 in Singapore. The White House confirmed on Tuesday that the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island on June 12 as the Southeast Asian city-state prepares to host the much-anticipated event while increasing the security across the island and designated certain parts as 'a special event area'�. (Photo by Ore Huiying/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - 6 JUNE: Custom-made Trump-Kim pinatas on display at Lucha Loco, a mexican restaurant and bar, on June 6, 2018 in Singapore. The White House confirmed on Tuesday that the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island on June 12 as the Southeast Asian city-state prepares to host the much-anticipated event while increasing the security across the island and designated certain parts as 'a special event area'�. (Photo by Ore Huiying/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - 6 JUNE: A man looks at a promotional poster outside a local eatery, Harmony Nasi Lemak, which offers a special Trump Kim-Chi dish to its menu on June 6, 2018 in Singapore. The White House confirmed on Tuesday that the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island on June 12 as the Southeast Asian city-state prepares to host the much-anticipated event while increasing the security across the island and designated certain parts as 'a special event area'�. (Photo by Ore Huiying/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - 6 JUNE: In this photo illustration, a pair of drinks nicknamed 'Bromance', is created specially for the Trump-Kim Summit by local bar Hopheads on June 6, 2018 in Singapore. The White House confirmed on Tuesday that the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island on June 12 as the Southeast Asian city-state prepares to host the much-anticipated event while increasing the security across the island and designated certain parts as 'a special event area'�. (Photo by Ore Huiying/Getty Images)
The Whisky Trump and The Rocket are pictured at the Empire Sky Lounge in Singapore June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Feline Lim
A bartender presents a pair of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un cocktails called The Bromance at Hopheads Craft Beer Bar and Bistro in Singapore June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Feline Lim
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“It cost some money and resources to put up. It’s a lot of effort for our security [and] communications people,” Lee said, according to Today newspaper. “[But] it is a cost that we are willing to pay and it’s our contribution to an international endeavor that is in our profound interest.”

Lee said he hoped the summit would lead to greater “security and stability” in the region. 

“From our point of view, it’s important that the meeting take place, and that the meeting sets developments on a new trajectory ― one that will be conducive to the security and stability of the region,” he said. “Therefore, when the two sides asked us to host the meeting, we cannot say no. We have to step up.”

Lee suggested that Singapore ― one of the few countries that has diplomatic relations with both Washington and Pyongyang ― also could benefit from the meeting thanks to the “publicity” generated about the Southeast Asian island.

“The fact that we have been chosen as the site of the meeting, we did not ask for it... it says something about Singapore relations with the parties... and our standing in the international community,” he said, according to Channel News Asia.

Kim arrived in Singapore Sunday afternoon, local time. Lee met with him on Sunday evening at the Istana, the official residence of Singapore’s president, hours after the North Korean leader’s arrival at Changi Airport. Lee live-streamed the meeting on Facebook.

Trump arrived in the country Sunday night, and the prime minister is expected to meet with him on Monday.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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