SINGAPORE: Singapore’s leaders on Monday (Apr 25) congratulated Timor-Leste’s president-elect Jose Ramos-Horta following his victory in final week’s election.
Mr Ramos-Horta, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, scored a landslide victory in Timor-Leste’s presidential election towards incumbent Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres.
This is his second time period in workplace, having served within the publish from 2007 to 2012. The 72-year-old was additionally the nation’s first prime minister. He will probably be inaugurated on May 20.
“Given the important role that you played in the struggle for Timor-Leste’s independence and your experience as President and Prime Minister previously, I am confident that you will guide Timor-Leste towards further progress and development,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stated in a letter.
He famous that Singapore and Timor-Leste “share a warm and longstanding friendship”.
“We enjoy good cooperation bilaterally and at multilateral fora,” he stated.
He added that he’s trying ahead to working with Mr Ramos-Horta to strengthen relations between the 2 nations, and hoped to satisfy him once more quickly.
President Halimah Yacob additionally congratulated Mr Ramos-Horta in a letter, saying his victory “shows the strong support and trust the people of Timor-Leste have in (his) leadership”.
“Singapore and Timor-Leste enjoy longstanding and friendly relations,” she stated.
“As small states, each our nations face related challenges in an more and more advanced international surroundings.
“Singapore remains committed to supporting Timor-Leste’s development journey, particularly through capacity building efforts under the Singapore Cooperation Programme.”
Mdm Halimah added that she is trying ahead to working with Mr Ramos-Horta “to further enhance the strong friendship between our two countries and peoples” and wished him “good health and every success”.
Mdm Halimah’s and Mr Lee’s letters are reproduced in full beneath:
Congratulatory message from President Halimah Yacob to President-elect Jose Ramos-Horta
Apr 25, 2022
His Excellency Jose Ramos-Horta
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
On behalf of the individuals of Singapore, I convey my warmest congratulations in your election as President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Your victory reveals the sturdy assist and belief the individuals of Timor-Leste have in your management.
Singapore and Timor-Leste get pleasure from longstanding and pleasant relations. As small states, each our nations face related challenges in an more and more advanced international surroundings. Singapore stays dedicated to supporting Timor-Leste’s growth journey, significantly via capability constructing efforts beneath the Singapore Cooperation Programme.
I stay up for working with you to additional improve the sturdy friendship between our two nations and peoples. I want you good well being and each success.
Congratulatory message from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to President-elect Jose Ramos-Horta
Apr 25, 2022
Dear President-Elect Ramos-Horta,
Please settle for my warmest congratulations in your election because the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.
Given the necessary function that you just performed within the battle for Timor-Leste’s independence and your expertise as President and Prime Minister beforehand, I’m assured that you’ll information Timor-Leste in the direction of additional progress and growth.
Singapore and Timor-Leste share a heat and longstanding friendship. We get pleasure from good cooperation bilaterally and at multilateral fora. I stay up for working with you to strengthen our relationships, and hope to satisfy you once more quickly.
Lee Hsien Loong
Source : channelnewsasia.com