PM Lee congratulates Timor-Leste's new Premier

Timor-Leste's new Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, has been invited to visit Singapore.
Timor-Leste's new Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, has been invited to visit Singapore.PHOTO: REUTERS

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote a congratulatory letter last week to the newly appointed Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Dr Mari Alkatiri, and invited him to visit Singapore.

"Timor-Leste has made great strides since its independence in 2002, including through your personal contributions during your first term as Prime Minister, and later as President of the Authority of the Oe-Cusse Special Administrative Region," PM Lee wrote last Friday .

"As small states, we share many common concerns and interests and have worked well together bilaterally and at multilateral fora," said Mr Lee, stressing that Singapore's warm ties with Asia's youngest democracy predate the latter's independence.

Singapore remains committed to providing capacity building to Timor-Leste through the Singapore Cooperation Programme, and has been privileged to welcome over 600 Timorese officials to participate in our capacity-building programmes, he added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2017, with the headline 'PM Lee congratulates Timor-Leste's new Premier'. Print Edition | Subscribe