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Victory for European Commission's next president 'decisive': PM Lee

In his congratulatory letter to the next EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the support from various European institutions reflects the "strong confidence that the EU has" in him.

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sent a congratulatory letter to the President-elect of the European Commission (EC), Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, on Wednesday (July 16) saying that his victory in the election was "decisive", according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement.

Mr Lee added in his letter that the support from the various European institutions reflected the strong confidence that the European Union has in him.

The full letter is reproduced below:

Dear Mr Juncker,

On behalf of the Government and people of Singapore, I congratulate you on your election as the next President of the European Commission. Your decisive victory and support from the various European institutions reflect the strong confidence that the EU has in you.

This is an important time for Europe and the EU. I am confident that, under your leadership, the European Commission will play a key role in sustaining Europe’s economic recovery, improving the institutions of the European Union, and making a difference to the lives of Europeans.

Singapore and the EU enjoy good bilateral relations. The recently concluded EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement and EU-Singapore Partnership and Cooperation Agreement will further strengthen our relationship, benefit our companies, and promote growth. I look forward to your support for their early ratification.

It was a pleasure catching up with you in March when I visited Luxembourg. I look forward to meeting you again before too long.

I wish you every success in your new appointment.

Yours Sincerely,

Lee Hsien Loong

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