6/6/2018 12:07:05 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
The landmark summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be held at Singapore’s Capella Hotel on the island resort of Sentosa, off the city state’s southern tip, the White House has confirmed.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the venue for the meeting, which will take place at 9 am on June 12. In a tweet on June 5 ( US time), she wrote: “The venue for the Singapore summit between @POTUS and Leader Kim Jong Un will be the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island. We thank our great Singaporean hosts for their hospitality.”
The nine-year-old five-star hotel, owned by the Singapore property firm Pontiac Land Group, controlled by the Kwee brothers, was designed by the acclaimed British architect Norman Foster and has 112 ultra-luxurious rooms and suites. It was not an obvious choice among observers to host the June 12 event because, unlike the more central Shangri-La Hotel, high-key political meetings have not previously been held there, reports the South China Morning Post.
“The location of Capella hotel which is separated from [the] mainland may serve as a virtual wall to keep out security threats from approaching the summit,” Singaporean national security researcher Muhamamad Faizal Abdul Rahman told This Week in Asia.
The White House announcement came hours after the Singapore government published a notice on its official gazette declaring the entire Sentosa island a “special event area” from June 10 to June 14 – giving police additional powers to stop and search people.
Earlier this week, it issued a similar gazette order for the diplomatic district around Shangri-La Hotel, which is located next to the popular Orchard Road shopping district.