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MFA Press Release: Condolence Letters from Singapore Leaders on the Collision Involving United States Guided-Missile Destroyer USS John S McCain in Singapore Territorial Waters on 21 August 2017


     Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan have written to the President of the United States of America Donald J Trump and Secretary of State of the United States of America Rex W Tillerson respectively to convey their condolences following a collision involving United States guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain in Singapore territorial waters on 21 August 2017.

 

     The text of the letters is appended.

  

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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SINGAPORE

23 AUGUST 2017

 

 

 



Condolence Letter from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to President of the United States of America Donald J Trump

 

 

23 August 2017

 

 

Dear President Trump,

 

 

     I was deeply saddened by the loss of lives following the collision between the United States Navy destroyer, the USS John S McCain, and a merchant vessel east of Singapore on 21 August 2017.

 

     On behalf of the Government of Singapore, I offer my condolences to the victims and their loved ones.  We will continue to do our utmost in the search and rescue operations and assist the injured sailors in their recovery.

 

         

Yours sincerely,

 

 

LEE HSIEN LOONG

 

 

The Honourable Donald J Trump

President

United States of America


 

Condolence Letter from Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan to Secretary of State of the United States of America Rex W Tillerson

 

23 August 2017

 

 

The Honourable Rex W Tillerson

Secretary of State

United States of America

 

 

Dear Secretary Tillerson,

 

 

     Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of United States Navy personnel from the USS John S McCain after its collision with a merchant vessel in the Singapore Strait on 21 August 2017.  We will continue to do all we can to render assistance to the US Navy and the injured sailors. 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

DR VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN

 
 
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