SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to Cuba's President of the Councils of State and Ministers Raul Castro Ruz to convey their condolences on the passing of Cuba's former president Fidel Castro Ruz, who died on Nov 25 (Nov 26, Singapore time), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Monday (Nov 28).
In his letter, Dr Tan said Mr Castro made "significant contributions" to Cuba and the Cuban people. "His passing is a deep loss to the people of Cuba," he wrote.
Dr Tan's letter to President Raul Castro is reproduced below:
His Excellency Raúl Castro Ruz
President of the Councils of State and Ministers
Republic of Cuba
On behalf of the people of Singapore, I offer our deepest condolences to you and the people of the Republic of Cuba on the passing of former President Fidel Castro Ruz on Nov 25, 2016.
During his time as Prime Minister, and then President, His Excellency Fidel Castro Ruz made significant contributions to Cuba and the Cuban people, particularly in the provision of public healthcare and education. His patriotism and single-minded dedication to Cuba never faltered. His passing is a deep loss to the people of Cuba.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Cuba during this period of national mourning.
TONY TAN KENG YAM
In his letter, Mr Lee expressed his sadness at Mr Castro's passing.
"His Excellency Fidel Castro Ruz led Cuba for five decades with unwavering dedication and commitment. He was a patriot who shaped the history of Cuba," Mr Lee said.
His letter to President Raul Castro is reproduced below:
I was saddened to learn of the passing of former President of the Republic of Cuba Fidel Castro Ruz on Nov 25, 2016.
His Excellency Fidel Castro Ruz led Cuba for five decades with unwavering dedication and commitment. He was a patriot who shaped the history of Cuba. Despite facing many challenges, he embarked on an education and health programme to uplift the lives of his people; in the process, he completely transformed his country. Today, Cuba has achieved high standards of medical services and become renowned for its advancements in biotechnology. Internationally, he was one of the icons of the 20th Century and has earned a place in history. His contributions to Cuba will be long remembered by the Cuban people.
On behalf of the Government of Singapore, I extend to you and the Cuban people our deepest condolences at this time of great loss.
LEE HSIEN LOONG