PM Lee writes letter on passing of Belgium's Martens

PM Lee writes letter on passing of Belgium's Martens

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written a condolence letter to Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium Mr Elio Di Rupo on the passing of former Belgian Prime Minister Mr Wilfried Martens.

In his letter, PM Lee said:

"Mr Martens served Belgium with distinction. He was a savvy leader who held successive government coalitions together in the 1980s, and unified Belgium's linguistic groups. He also enacted reforms which set Belgium on the path to federalism.

"As a founding father of the European People's Party, he strongly believed in European integration and worked hard to rally support for integration across the continent. Our thoughts are with you and the people of Belgium during this sad time."

Mr Wilfried Martens served as the Prime Minister of Belgium from April 3, 1979, to April 6, 1981, and again from December 17, 1981, to March 7, 1992.

The former leader died of cancer on Oct 9 this year at the age of 77.

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