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Singapore leaders send condolences to foreign counterparts over MH17

President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong write condolence letters to leaders in Malaysia, Australia and the Netherlands, following the MH17 tragedy.

SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have sent condolence messages to other world leaders on the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Friday (July 18) said President Tan has written to the Malaysian Agong, Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove; and Netherlands King Willem-Alexander to convey his condolences.

Meantime, Prime Minister Lee sent condolence letters to his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Mr Lee called Mr Najib and Mr Rutte as well, to extend his deepest sympathies and offer Singapore's assistance.

MFA reiterates that there are no reports of Singaporean victims so far, but says it is in close contact with Malaysia Airlines and airport authorities involved, to ascertain the nationality of the unverified passengers. 

The letters are reproduced below:

CONDOLENCE LETTERS FROM PRESIDENT TAN

His Majesty Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XIV of Malaysia

Your Majesty,

             I was truly saddened by the tragic fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17.  I grieve with the families who have lost their loved ones so suddenly.  My thoughts are with them, and I wish them the strength and resolve to carry on through this time of sorrow.       

I join the people of Singapore in extending our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences. 

Yours sincerely,

TONY TAN KENG YAM

Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove

Your Excellency,

                             I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of lives in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 which had on board a number of Australians. On behalf of the Government and people of Singapore, I extend our deepest condolences to you and the people of Australia.

                             Our thoughts are with the grieving families and the people of Australia during this difficult time.

Yours sincerely,

TONY TAN KENG YAM

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands

Your Majesty,

                    On behalf of the people of Singapore, I extend my deepest condolences to you and the Dutch people on the tragic loss of lives on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and the people of the Netherlands during this period of grief.

Yours sincerely,

TONY TAN KENG YAM


CONDOLENCE LETTERS FROM PM LEE

Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato’ Sri Najib Razak

Dear Prime Minister Najib,

                    I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July 2014.  The loss of innocent lives under such terrible circumstances is a horrible tragedy.  On behalf of the Government and people of Singapore, I offer our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.  Nothing can bring back their loved ones, but I hope they will find the strength and fortitude to overcome their grief over time.

             As I told you when we spoke over the phone, please let me know if there is anything we can do to help. Our thoughts are with you and the people of Malaysia. 

Yours sincerely,

LEE HSIEN LOONG

Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott

Dear Prime Minister Abbott,

                   I was deeply shocked and saddened to learn that Australians were on board the fateful Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. It is unfortunate that a routine civilian flight could end so tragically.

                   On behalf of the Government and people of Singapore, I offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Our thoughts are with them and the people of Australia during this time of sorrow.

Yours sincerely,

LEE HSIEN LOONG

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte

Dear PM Rutte,

                   I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the Malaysia Airlines plane accident on 17 July 2014.

                   On behalf of the Government and people of Singapore, I offer our condolences to you, the families of the victims, and the Dutch people on this tragedy. The tragic circumstances surrounding this accident remind us of our common humanity. Our thoughts are with you and your people during this difficult time.

Yours sincerely, 

LEE HSIEN LOONG  

Separately, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew says Singapore is ready to offer any assistance and support to Malaysia. Mr Lui extended his sympathies to the families of those who perished in the ill-fated flight. He called the incident a tragedy, and said it is also "an extremely difficult time for our friends in the Ministry of Transport in Malaysia". Mr Lui said this when he addressed the annual Singapore Aviation Community reception on Friday evening.

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