S'pore leaders send condolences to India

S'pore leaders send condolences to India

Singapore leaders have written to the Indian leadership to convey their condolences over former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's death, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

In a letter to Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam said: "His passing is an irreplaceable loss. Our thoughts are with the people of India."

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote to Indian Premier Narendra Modi, saying that Dr Kalam's "deep sense of humility and selfless dedication to his country left an indelible impression on me.

"As President, (he) played an instrumental role in enhancing Singapore-India relations. Singapore was fortunate to have a friend in him." Mr Lee added.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong also wrote to Mr Modi. "I had the privilege of meeting Dr Kalam several times... and was touched by his wisdom and candour," Mr Goh said.


This article was first published on July 30, 2015.
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