Pelosi begins closely-watched Asia tour in Singapore

This handout picture taken and released by Singapore's Ministry of Communications and Information on Aug 1, 2022, shows Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (right) shaking hands with US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at the Istana Presidential Palace in Singapore during a visit to the Asia-Pacific region. (HANDOUT / SINGAPORE'S MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION / AFP)

SINGAPORE – US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was set to kick-off a tour of four Asian countries on Monday in Singapore.

Pelosi’s office announced on Sunday that she was leading a Congressional delegation to the region that would include visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

On Monday, Pelosi and her delegation met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, discussing issues including cross-strait relations, the Russia's special military operation in Ukraine war and climate change, according to Singapore's foreign ministry.

"PM Lee highlighted the importance of stable US-China relations for regional peace and security," it said.

Pelosi was expected to arrive in Singapore on Monday for a two-day visit, broadcaster CNA reported, citing the country’s foreign ministry. 

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The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore was scheduled to host a reception with her on Monday afternoon, its website said.