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Singapore leaders congratulate Indian counterparts for India's Independence Day

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam expressed wishes to expand cooperation between Singapore and India, with the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries coming up next year.  

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam congratulated India's leaders on the occasion of the country's 68th Independence Day.

According to a press statement from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday (Aug 15), Mr Lee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convey his best wishes and to express confidence that "India will continue to achieve new heights" under the Modi government’s "able leadership".

"Singapore’s unique bond with India is underpinned by decades of shared history, culture and kinship," Mr Lee stated. He noted that today, Singapore is one of India's top investors and trading partners, and the countries share strong defence ties.

With the two coutries' 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations coming up next year, Mr Lee told Mr Modi he hopes "it will be a fitting time for us to explore new pathways of cooperation and elevate our ties to a higher level."

In his letter to President Pranab Mukherjee, Dr Tan called India a "cherished friend of Singapore". "Our excellent state of relations is manifested in substantive collaboration in many fields, and I am, in this regard, greatly heartened that we are looking to further expand our cooperation. It is my sincere hope that our longstanding friendship will continue to blossom for the mutual and lasting benefit of our people," Dr Tan wrote.

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