SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong each congratulated South Korean President Moon Jae In on his victory in Tuesday's election, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday (May 10), with Mr Lee noting that Mr Moon's victory "reflects the confidence of the people of the Republic of Korea in (his) leadership and vision for the country".
Their letters are reproduced below.
Letter from President Tony Tan Keng Yam:
His Excellency Moon Jae-in
Republic of Korea
Please accept my congratulations on your election as President of the Republic of Korea.
Relations between Singapore and the Republic of Korea are warm and substantive, underpinned by strong economic cooperation and close people-to-people links. Our two countries have close collaborations in many areas. Singapore and the Republic of Korea share similar views on many important issues in the region and internationally. Our two countries have benefited from these close ties as we work to deepen our cooperation in the bilateral context as well as at multilateral fora. I am confident that the partnership between Singapore and the Republic of Korea will continue to strengthen under your leadership.
I wish you every success in uniting the Korean people at this critical juncture. I look forward to your early visit to Singapore at a mutually-convenient time.
TONY TAN KENG YAM
Letter from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong:
Congratulations on your victory in the Presidential election on 9 May 2017. Your election reflects the confidence of the people of the Republic of Korea in your leadership and vision for the country.
Singapore and the Republic of Korea enjoy close and multi-faceted cooperation, anchored by substantial economic links and warm people-to-people ties. Our two countries face similar developmental challenges, including ageing populations and the need to restructure our economies. We also share similar views on regional and international issues, including the importance of a peaceful and nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and an open international trading system. I look forward to working with you to further broaden and deepen our bilateral relationship, as well as strengthen the partnership between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea.
I wish you every success in your new appointment. I look forward to seeing you soon.
LEE HSIEN LOONG