PM Lee sends condolences to Poland

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Donald Tusk to convey his condolences on the passing of former Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Tadeusz Mazowiecki on 28 October 2013.

In his message, Mr Lee acknowledged how Mr Mazowiecki (on the left in photo above) had transformed Poland after the fall of communism.

Said Mr Lee: "He was a chief architect of the Round Table talks to ensure Poland's peaceful transition to democracy. He implemented reforms to introduce a market-based economy, and laid the foundation for Poland's economic transformation."

Mr Lee said Mr Mazowiecki firmly believed in a united Europe, and pushed for Poland to join the European Union.

"He inspired many with his dedication to Poland and to his people," he added.

"Our thoughts are with you and the Polish people during this time of mourning," he concluded in his message to PM Tusk.