SINGAPORE: President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to their Egyptian counterparts to offer their condolences over a bombing at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Wednesday (Dec 14).
The blast on Sunday, which killed at least 25 people and wounded 49, was the deadliest attack on Egypt's Christian minority in years.
In a letter to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on Tuesday, Dr Tan said he was "shocked" to learn of the bomb attack which had led to the loss of innocent lives and injuries.
"On behalf of the people of Singapore, I express our deepest condolences to Your Excellency and the families of the victims. I wish those injured a speedy recovery," he wrote.
Dr Tan added that Singapore "strongly condemns" the attack and "stands in solidarity with Egypt against all forms of extremism and terrorism".
"Such cowardly acts of terror aim to weaken the fabric of inter-religious harmony and tolerance in Egypt. We should not let the perpetrators achieve this aim," he said. "I am confident that the people of Egypt will stand united during this difficult time."
Separately, Mr Lee said in a letter to Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail that Singapore joined Egypt in mourning those killed and in wishing those injured a swift recovery.
Mr Lee said he was "appalled" to learn of the bomb attack and conveyed his "deepest condolences and sympathies" on behalf of the Singapore Government.
"The targeting of civilians in a house of worship is a vicious act aimed at creating divisions within Egypt’s society. However, the Egyptian nation is resilient, and we are confident that inter-religious tolerance and harmony will prevail," he wrote. "Singapore stands with Egypt against all forms of terrorism."