The racial and religious harmony enjoyed by people here is Singapore's "precious treasure", Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday.
In a Facebook post, he said he had been reminded of this at a meeting with Egypt's former Grand Mufti Sheikh Ali Gomaa and Anglican Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, who are in Singapore as keynote speakers for the inauguration of a programme on inter-religious relations at the Nanyang Technological University's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
Mr Lee said he spoke with them about maintaining harmony in a multi-racial and multi-religious society.
"Singapore has worked hard at this, as has Egypt. Just from my little time with them, I could see that Sheikh Dr Ali Gomaa and Archbishop Dr Mouneer are good friends, working closely together to promote peace and harmony between Muslims and Christians there," he wrote.
He added: "They are a good example of how different faiths can work together for the common good."
This article was first published on June 8, 2014.
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