World Briefs: S'pore President pays tribute to late Viet leader

S'pore President pays tribute to late Viet leader

SINGAPORE • President Halimah Yacob has paid tribute to former Vietnamese president Le Duc Anh for his contributions to Singapore-Vietnam relations.

In her letter to her Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Phu Trong on Friday which conveyed her condolences on the passing of Mr Anh, President Halimah said the former leader played an important role in deepening bilateral relations between Singapore and Vietnam.

"His presidency took place at a time when relations between our two countries were growing rapidly. This included the establishment of the first Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park in 1996, which has now become a flagship of our bilateral ties," she said.

"Singapore has lost a close friend. Please accept my sincere and deepest condolences during this time of sorrow."

Mr Anh, 99, died late on Monday "following a long illness", the government and state media announced a day later. Born in 1920, the former general led the invasion of Cambodia which led to the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime.

He was Vietnam's president between 1992 and 1997.

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Russia, one of the Syrian government's staunchest allies, and Turkey, brokered a deal in September to create a demilitarised zone in the north-western Idlib region that would be free of all heavy weapons and militant fighters.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 28, 2019, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe