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US vice-president Kamala Harris lands at Paya Lebar Air Base for official visit to Singapore

SINGAPORE — United States vice-president Kamala Harris landed at Paya Lebar Air Base on Sunday (Aug 22) morning, kicking off a three-day visit to Singapore.

United States vice-president Kamala Harris greeted by Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at Paya Lebar Air Base on Aug 22, 2021.

United States vice-president Kamala Harris greeted by Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan at Paya Lebar Air Base on Aug 22, 2021.

SINGAPORE — United States vice-president Kamala Harris landed at Paya Lebar Air Base on Sunday (Aug 22) morning, kicking off a three-day visit to Singapore.

Ms Harris disembarked from the blue-and-white Air Force Two and gave a short wave.

She was greeted on the tarmac by Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. The receiving party included Mr Ashok Mirpuri, Singapore’s ambassador to the US, and Mr Chee Wee Kiong, permanent secretary for foreign affairs.

Ms Harris chatted with the delegation from Singapore and was soon ushered into one of two armoured sports utility vehicles belonging to the US Secret Service.

The extensive motorcade, comprising vans, buses and a police motorcycle, then rumbled off, making a U-turn around Air Force Two before leaving the air base.

This is Ms Harris’ first official visit to Asia, a trip that also includes Vietnam. The White House had said that her visit to Southeast Asia signals US commitment to the region and that it is "part of the Indo-Pacific".

Ms Harris is accompanied on this trip by senior officials from the Vice President's Office, National Security Council and Department of State.

The trip to Singapore, made at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, came on the heels of US defence secretary Lloyd Austin's tour of Southeast Asia, during which he made stops in Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. CNA

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