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Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom sent her condolences after the passing of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew to both President Tony Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Her letter to Dr Tan:

“Prince Philip and I wish to express our sincere condolences to you and to the people of Singapore on the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Lee’s achievements as Singapore’s first Prime Minister were fundamental to making Singapore what it is today, and his long and distinguished service to his country can only be admired. He had many friends around the world, and my country was foremost amongst them. Philip and I send our deepest sympathy to you and the people of Singapore.”

In a separate message to Prime Minister Lee:

“Prince Philip and I were saddened to hear of the death of your father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. His vision and dedication to the service of his country helped to make Singapore the successful country it is today. As Prime Minister he welcomed us to Singapore on two occasions, and we have fond memories of our visits and meetings with him elsewhere. Philip and I send you and your family our sincere condolences at this sad time.”

ASEAN Secretary-General, Le Luong Minh

ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh joined other world leaders in mourning the loss of Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore, who passed away yesterday at 91. In a letter addressed to Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore and son of Lee Kuan Yew, Secretary-General Minh conveyed his “deepest condolences” on the passing of the late Prime Minister.

In his letter, Minh described Lee Kuan Yew as “a great statesman who had built Singapore with his vision, wisdom and courage.” The ASEAN Secretary-General also acknowledged the late Prime Minister as one of those “instrumental in the establishment of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations” in 1967. Singapore is one of ASEAN’s five founding members and together with the other leaders, he has provided guidance to ASEAN in its formative years.
For three decades, Lee Kuan Yew dedicated his life to the success of his country and is widely recognised as the architect of Singapore’s transformation from a small port town 50 years ago to one of the world’s wealthiest countries. Secretary-General Minh noted that the late Prime Minister “has left a lasting legacy not only for Singapore but also for ASEAN and he will be greatly missed.”

Cambodian dignitaries signing the condolence book at the Singapore Embassy in Phnom Penh