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Mandela's death: President and PM send condolence letters

Published on Dec 6, 2013 7:44 PM

President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sent condolence messages following Nelson Mandela's death to South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday, while Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam sent a message to his counterpart, International Relations and Cooperation minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Mr Mandela was an eminent statesman whose unconditional sacrifices for his beloved country were second to none, Dr Tan wrote in a letter addressed to South African president Jacob Zuma.

"Your country has lost a true freedom fighter whose moral strength, loyalty and dedication transformed his beloved country into a harmonious and multi-racial nation that is today an example to nations around the world," he added.

Dr Tan recalled how he had the honour of introducing Mr Mandela at the 1997 Singapore Lecture, when the South African gave a speech during a state visit to Singapore.

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