S'pore leaders send their congratulations

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong have sent congratulatory messages to President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi following the recent elections in Myanmar.

In a letter to Mr Thein Sein, Mr Lee wrote: "The successful General Elections showed Myanmar's remarkable progress towards democracy since it embarked on the path of political and economic reforms under your leadership.

"Singapore is a friend of Myanmar. I understand that the stakeholders will be meeting soon to work together towards reconciliation as well as a peaceful and orderly transition to the new government. I wish you good health and success."

In his letter to Mr Thein Sein, Mr Goh wrote: "I congratulate you and the people of Myanmar warmly on the success of Myanmar's historic General Elections on 8 November, 2015, which were conducted in a well-ordered and peaceful manner.

"I am encouraged that the stakeholders have committed to working together towards national reconciliation and a peaceful and orderly transition to the new government. As a close friend and fellow Asean member, Singapore wishes Myanmar well during this transition period and beyond."

In his letter to Ms Suu Kyi, PM Lee wrote: "I write to congratulate you and the National League for Democracy (NLD) on your success in Myanmar's historic and peaceful General Elections held on 8 November, 2015.

"The NLD's victory reflects the support and hope that the Myanmar people have in you and your party."

ESM Goh wrote to Ms Suu Kyi: "My heartiest congratulations to you and the National League for Democracy (NLD) for your victory in Myanmar's historic General Elections held on 8 November, 2015.

"The NLD's strong results in the elections show clearly that the Myanmar people have placed their faith in you and your party.

"The next step for Myanmar will be to ensure a peaceful and orderly transition to the next government. As a friend of Myanmar, I wish you and Myanmar well, and stand ready to assist in any way I can."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 20, 2015, with the headline 'S'pore leaders send their congratulations'. Print Edition | Subscribe