SINGAPORE - Singapore and Australia share excellent bilateral relations and are close and longstanding partners, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said, adding that the two countries work well together in multilateral fora and share wide-ranging cooperation in many areas, including trade and investments, defence, education and people-to-people exchanges.
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Congratulatory Message from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Prime Minister-elect of Australia Tony Abbott
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to congratulate Mr Tony Abbott, Prime Minister-elect of Australia on the victory of the Liberal-National Coalition at the Federal Elections 2013. The text of Prime Minister Lee's letter to Mr Abbott is as below:
Dear Mr Abbott,
On behalf of the Government and people of Singapore, I warmly congratulate you on leading the Australian Liberal-National Coalition to victory in today's Federal Elections. Your resounding electoral success reflects the confidence that Australians have in your leadership and vision for Australia.
Singapore and Australia are close and longstanding partners. Our bilateral relations are excellent, with wide-ranging cooperation in many areas, including trade and investments, defence, education and people-to-people exchanges. We also work well together in multilateral fora, including the Five Power Defence Arrangements and the East Asia Summit.
I recall well our meeting in Canberra last October. I would like to invite you to make an official visit to Singapore in the near future. I look forward to meeting you at the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Bali next month, and to work with you to strengthen Singapore-Australia relations.
LEE HSIEN LOONG