Halimah and Lee wish Biden success in new role


U.S. President Joe Biden

President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have sent congratulatory letters to US President Joe Biden on his inauguration, wishing him success as he assumes office.

“Your decades of experience in public office will provide a stable, guiding hand during this critical juncture for America and the international community. I offer you my best wishes as you lead your country forward, ” said Halimah in her letter, a copy of which was released by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Halimah wrote that Singapore and the United States share a long, enduring friendship and bilateral relations have continued to flourish over the years, adding: “Our multi-faceted ties span the defence and security, economic, and people-to-people spheres.”

She noted that both countries’ militaries share strong synergies, training together and taking part in regular exchanges, with Singapore hosting US aircraft and ships on rotational deployments since 1990.

The two countries also share a close economic relationship, built on the 2004 US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, that has grown from strength to strength, and expanded into new areas such as digital trade and infrastructure development, she added.

Lee, in his letter, also released by the ministry, noted that Biden takes office at a time when many pressing challenges confront America and the rest of the world.

He said: “Strong American leadership will make a decisive difference to our collective recovery and the shape of the post-Covid-19 world.”

Lee noted that Singapore has been a longstanding strategic, defence and economic partner of the United States, with their excellent bilateral relations underpinned by the 2005 Strategic Framework Agreement and 2004 US-Singapore FTA. — The Straits Times/ANN

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