Singapore's PM Lee, President Halimah congratulate South Korea's President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol
SINGAPORE: Singapore's President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday (Mar 11) congratulated South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol on his victory in the country's presidential election.
Mr Yoon, 60, from the People Power Party, clinched the presidency on Thursday, beating his main competitor, the ruling Democratic Party's Lee Jae-myung.
"Your victory reflects the confidence that the people of the Republic of Korea have in your leadership and your vision for the country," said Mr Lee in a letter to Mr Yoon.
Mr Lee noted the longstanding ties between the two countries, with "robust economic links and close cooperation across diverse fields", as well as shared challenges such as facing an ageing population and economic restructuring.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore and South Korea have have worked closely to "safeguard supply chain connectivity, deepen cooperation in the digital economy and restore cross-border travel", the Prime Minister said.
Mr Lee also described Singapore and South Korea as "like-minded partners on regional and international issues", such as the importance of a peaceful Korean Peninsula and an open international trading system.
"I look forward to working with you to further broaden and deepen our bilateral relations as well as to strengthen the strong partnership between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea," he said.
"Singapore and the Republic of Korea enjoy a warm and longstanding friendship, underpinned by multifaceted cooperation, robust economic links, and active people-to-people exchanges," said Madam Halimah in her letter.
"Our countries are natural partners and share a similar outlook on many important regional and international issues."
She added that the two countries have worked closely to "advance cooperation on the bilateral and multilateral fronts".
Madam Halimah also noted that the vaccinated travel lane between Singapore and South Korea, which began on Nov 15 last year, had made "good progress" and provided quarantine-free travel for the people of both countries.
"I am confident that relations between Singapore and the Republic of Korea will continue to grow and strengthen in the years ahead," she said.
"I wish you every success as you lead and unite the Korean people. I look forward to your early visit to Singapore at a mutually convenient time."