Good wishes have been pouring in for Singapore's 50th birthday celebrations from around the world. There are congratulatory messages from leaders of other countries to President Tony Tan and PM Lee Hsien Loong. Diplomatic offices of different countries in Singapore too have also put up special messages to wish the country on its milestone.
High Commission of Canada in Singapore
Today marks the 50th year of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Canada. The High Commission made it's first Facebook post early this morning and subsequently posted a video message with a compilation of wishes from Canadians living in Singapore. Among them were Marina Bay Sands' executive chef Christopher Christie and TungLok Heen's chef and MasterChef Asia's judge Susur Lee.
Embassy of the Philippines
The Philippine Embassy kept it simple with an edited image of the Marina Bay floating platform surrounded with fireworks.
Embassy of the United States
During his recent visit to Singapore on Aug 4, US Secretary of State John Kerry did not forget to wish the island. Immediately after giving a speech titled "America and the Asia-Pacific: Partners in Prosperity" at the Singapore Management University, Mr Kerry also took the time to record an #SG50 congratulatory message for all Singaporeans.
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Norway took it up a notch by not only celebrating Singapore but also producing an eye-opening video that portrayed the historical relationship between Singapore and Norway that dates back to the 19th century.
Embassy Of The Kingdom Of The Netherlands
The Netherlands embassy posted a picture of the skyline of Marina Bay which included a capture of the Black Knights soaring in the background.
Messages from leaders:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Greetings to the people of Singapore as they mark 50 years of Singapore's independence.
President Pranab Mukherjee: On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, I extend my warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the people of Singapore on the occasion of your National Day.
India and Singapore share civilisational and historical links. An important chapter of India’s freedom struggle was enacted in Singapore. Our countries have a robust and multifaceted relationship which has fostered our bilateral and regional engagement. As we celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries, it gives me immense pleasure to note the substantive enhancement of our bilateral cooperation in various fields. I am confident that this partnership will continue to grow and strengthen to our mutual advantage and for the benefit of our region.
I take this opportunity to convey my best wishes for the continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Singapore.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko sent greetings to President Tan on the occasion with a message posted on the Embassy's Facebook page. He praised Singapore for its growth and expressed confidence in broad prospects for bilateral cooperation.