Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam, PM Lee Hsien Loong congratulate Vietnam counterparts on new roles

Vietnam's newly elected President Tran Dai Quang was sworn in during a ceremony at Parliament House in Hanoi on April 2, 2016.
Vietnam's newly elected President Tran Dai Quang was sworn in during a ceremony at Parliament House in Hanoi on April 2, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam has written a letter to Vietnam's new President Tran Dai Quang, extending his congratulations on his appointment.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has also written a letter to his Vietnamese counterpart, Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc, to congratulate him on his new role, according to a statement by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released on Friday (April 8).

In his letter to Mr Quang, Mr Tan said he was "confident that Vietnam will continue to grow and prosper" under the Vietnam president's leadership.

He also pointed out that Singapore and Vietnam are long-standing friends. and that bilateral relations have flourished over the years.

"I am confident that our two countries will continue to expand and deepen our cooperation across all areas," Mr Tan added.

He also invited Mr Quang to make a state visit to Singapore.

In his letter to Mr Phuc, Mr Lee said: "Your appointment takes place at a critical juncture in Vietnam's development, especially with Vietnam's growing integration with the global economic community.

"I am confident that you and your colleagues will be able to steer Vietnam towards greater growth and prosperity."

Mr Lee noted that Singapore is the third-largest foreign investor in Vietnam and that bilateral trade has been expanding over the years.

He also underlined the relationship between the two countries in the Asean grouping and other regional and international fora.

"I look forward to working with you to expand and deepen the strong ties between our two countries," added Mr Lee, inviting Mr Phuc to make an official visit to Singapore

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