SINGAPORE: The Republic's leaders on Friday (Nov 14) sent condolence letters to France in response to the terrorist attacks that struck its capital city of Paris on Friday.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote to his French counterpart Manuel Valls, expressing his condolences.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of so many innocent lives. This is an attack on our shared humanity,” he said.
Singapore strongly condemns these “heinous attacks”, Mr Lee said, adding that the country supports the French government’s efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the French people during this difficult time,” he said.
President Tony Tan told French President Francois Hollande he was saddened to hear the news, and extended his condolences to the families who have lost loved ones.
"As France mourns the victims, Singapore stands in solidarity with the French people in this difficult time," he added.
Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan also wrote to his French counterpart Laurent Fabius to say he was "deeply horrified" to learn of the attacks that "claimed so many innocent lives".
"Please accept my deepest condolences and sympathies to the French people and the families and loved ones of the victims," said Dr Balakrishnan. "Singapore stands in solidarity with France against terror and we support France’s efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice."