President Tan and PM Lee congratulate Polish PM Tusk over EU presidency

Polish Prime Minister and EU Council president-elect Donald Tusk attends a press briefing at the European Union summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. -- PHOTO: AFP
Polish Prime Minister and EU Council president-elect Donald Tusk attends a press briefing at the European Union summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. -- PHOTO: AFP

President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote congratulatory letters to Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Monday for his election on Aug 30 as the next President of the European Council.

Letter from Dr Tan to Mr Tusk:

Dear Prime Minister Tusk,

On behalf of the people of Singapore, I offer my warmest congratulations on your election as the President of the European Council and the President of the Euro Summit. Your election during this important time bears testimony to the faith that European leaders have in your stewardship.

Singapore and the EU share close and longstanding ties, which are underscored by excellent people-to-people relations. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the bilateral relationship.

I recall the useful exchange we had during your visit to Singapore in November 2012, and hope to meet you again before too long. I wish you every success in your new appointment.

Yours sincerely,

TONY TAN KENG YAM

Letter from PM Lee to Mr Tusk:

Dear Prime Minister Tusk,

On behalf of the Government and people of Singapore, I congratulate you on your election as the President of the European Council and the President of the Euro Summit. I wish you every success as you guide the European Union through this challenging period.

Singapore and the EU enjoy good relations, underpinned by multi-faceted cooperation. The recently concluded EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement and EU-Singapore Partnership and Cooperation Agreement will further strengthen our ties and benefit our peoples. I look forward to your support for their early ratification.

I remember well my visit to Warsaw and Gdansk last year, and the very warm welcome you gave me. I hope to meet you again soon, in your new appointment.

Yours sincerely,

LEE HSIEN LOONG