President Halimah and Prime Minister Lee congratulate their Vietnamese counterparts on their appointments

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SINGAPORE: Singapore President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulated their Vietnamese counterparts, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on their appointment.

Mr. Phuc and Mr. Chinh were elected during the ongoing 11th session of the 14th National Assembly of Vietnam on Monday April 5th.

In her letter on Wednesday, Ms. Halimah congratulated Mr. Phuc, saying, “Singapore and Vietnam are long-standing partners and have excellent relationships in many sectors.

“The close friendship between our two countries is based on mutual trust and common interests, which have guided our strong partnership in multilateral fora, including the United Nations and ASEAN.”

She noted that the two countries have continued to develop their bilateral relations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Halimah added that Singapore and Vietnam “are innovating in areas such as innovation, smart cities, clean energy and the digital economy” and invited Mr Phuc to pay a state visit to Singapore soon. .

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Congratulating his counterpart Chinh, Lee said on Wednesday that Vietnam “has made impressive economic and development progress over the past decade.

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“Despite the challenge of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam has continued to grow from strength to strength, which is a testament to your drive, adaptability, resilience and innovation.”

He noted that Singapore and Vietnam are longtime friends and strategic partners, and Singapore is Vietnam’s third-largest foreign investor.

“We have close relations in all areas in the areas of security, trade, education and finance. We are also working to expand our cooperation in new areas, including the digital economy, cybersecurity, l clean energy and smart cities, ”Lee said.

He also invited Mr. Chinh to visit Singapore.

The letters from Mdm Halimah and Mr. Lee are reproduced in full below:

Letter of congratulations from President Halimah Yacob to the President of the Socialist Republic of VietnamNguyen Xuan Phuc

April 6, 2021

His Excellency Nguyen Xuan Phuc

President

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Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Your excellence,

On behalf of the people of Singapore, I extend my sincere congratulations to you on your appointment as President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Singapore and Vietnam are long-standing partners and have excellent relationships in many sectors. The close friendship between our two countries is based on mutual trust and common interests, which have guided our strong partnership in multilateral fora, including the United Nations and ASEAN. Our bilateral relations have continued to develop even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Our two countries are innovating in areas such as innovation, smart cities, clean energy and the digital economy. I am convinced that Singapore and Vietnam have a lot of potential to do even more together in the post-COVID-19 world.

Please accept my best wishes for the good health and success of Your Excellency. I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to pay a State visit to Singapore in the near future.

Regards,

Halimah Yacob

Letter of congratulations from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Pham Minh Chinh

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April 6, 2021

Dear Prime Minister Chinh,

On behalf of the Government of Singapore, I extend my warmest congratulations to you on your appointment as Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Vietnam has made impressive economic and development progress over the past decade. Despite the challenge of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam has continued to grow from strength to strength, a testament to your dynamism, adaptability, resilience and innovation. Singapore and Vietnam are longtime friends and strategic partners. We are Vietnam’s third-largest foreign investor and have close relationships in all areas of security, trade, education and finance. We are also working to expand our cooperation in new areas, including the digital economy, cybersecurity, clean energy and smart cities. I look forward to working closely with you in these areas.

Please accept my best wishes for your good health and success. I will be honored if you are able to accept my invitation to pay an official visit to Singapore as soon as possible.

Regards,

Lee hsien loong

Prime Minister

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