Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulates Theresa May on her appointment as British PM

 British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at 10 Downing Street in central London on July 14, 2016.
British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at 10 Downing Street in central London on July 14, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to congratulate British Prime Minister Theresa May on her appointment.

Mrs May became Britain's second woman prime minister on Wednesday (July 13), after Mr David Cameron stepped down.

In his letter dated July 13, Mr Lee said that he was confident Mrs May will provide the "strong leadership" Britain needs to navigate the challenges ahead.

"Singapore is a longstanding partner and friend of the United Kingdom. We share deep historical ties and common interests in many areas," wrote Mr Lee, enumerating a number of collaborations with Britain in business and defence.

Singapore companies have substantial investments in Britain while British firms have established their Asian bases in Singapore, Mr Lee wrote.

Singapore and Britain are also both party to the Five Power Defence Arrangements.

Mr Lee said that he was sure these links will "continue to flourish" under Mrs May's leadership.

"I look forward to meeting you soon to discuss how we can further strengthen the relations between our two countries," he added.