Singapore values ties with Hanoi, Phnom Penh

Vietnamese soldiers waiting to leave Cambodia on Sept 20, 1989, following the withdrawal of troops from Cambodia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that while Singapore and Vietnam were on opposing sides in the past and have different views of tha
Vietnamese soldiers waiting to leave Cambodia on Sept 20, 1989, following the withdrawal of troops from Cambodia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that while Singapore and Vietnam were on opposing sides in the past and have different views of that history, their leaders have chosen to set aside differences to forge a close partnership.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Singapore values its relations with Vietnam and Cambodia, and hopes that they can continue to grow based on candour and trust, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said last night.

It was responding to reports that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's recent comments on the 1978 Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia had caused some unhappiness in those countries.

"Notwithstanding our differences in the past, we have always treated each other with respect and friendship," MFA said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2019, with the headline 'S'pore values ties with Hanoi, Phnom Penh'. Print Edition | Subscribe