SINGAPORE - Singapore regrets the visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) today.
"Singapore regrets the visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Yasukuni Shrine," said MFA in a statement. "Our consistent position has been that such visits reopen old grievances, and are unhelpful to building trust and confidence in the region.
"Tensions in the region have been rising due to the recent series of events, actions and counter-actions, taken by a number of different parties.
"The visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, occurring against this backdrop and at this time, is likely to evoke further negative feelings and reactions in the region.
"It is in the interest of all parties to exercise restraint, avoid actions which might further raise tensions, and seek to create an environment of greater mutual trust and understanding."