Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written a congratulatory letter to Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Xanana Gusmão, who was sworn in on 1 July 2023. The text of the letter is appended.
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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
1 JULY 2023
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Congratulatory Letter from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Xanana Gusmão
1 July 2023
Dear Prime Minister Gusmão,
On behalf of the Government of Singapore, I would like to congratulate you on your appointment as Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. I am confident that you will steer Timor-Leste towards greater progress given your vast experience.
Singapore and Timor-Leste share warm relations. The relations between our two countries have continued to grow, both bilaterally, and at international fora through platforms such as the Forum of Small States (FOSS) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). Timor-Leste’s inaugural participation as an Observer at the 42nd ASEAN Summit last month was a historic milestone. Singapore will continue to support Timor-Leste in its preparations for ASEAN membership, including through our Singapore-Timor-Leste ASEAN Readiness Support package.
I look forward to working with you to deepen the friendship between Singapore and Timor-Leste. You have always been a strong supporter of closer relations between our two countries. I fondly recall hosting you in Singapore for your Official Visit in 2013 where our countries signed a bilateral Air Services Agreement.
I wish you and your government every success, and look forward to meeting you soon.
Lee Hsien Loong
His Excellency Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste