Cambodian dignitaries signing the condolence book at the Singapore Embassy in Phnom Penh
Defence Minister of Indonesia, General (Retired) Ryamizard Ryacudu
“Every time I came for a meeting with the Singapore Army, he would definitely invite me for talks. I was shocked the first time. I was only the Army Chief. He was more senior than the prime minister. But he wanted to speak to me – not once but five times,” said General (Retired) Ryamizard.
“I regard him as a true statesman. He did not discriminate against anyone. He spoke from the heart and I responded likewise. He was sincere in his views. And I responded with sincerity. We understood each other,” he added.
General (Retired) Ryamizard likened his discussions with Mr Lee to those between a father and son. He said Mr Lee’s honesty and sincerity laid the foundation for good ties between Indonesia and Singapore’s armed forces.
“We must talk to each other, whatever the issues may be. There’s nothing hidden, because we know he is sincere, forthright. The rest of us followed the same,” said General (Retired) Ryamizard.
“From earlier on, Indonesia and Singapore conducted joint military exercises annually. The two armies took turns to host. Similarly, for the air force and navy. It has been going on well. That’s a result of the foundations laid from the top. That’s how it was between Mr Lee and President Suharto,” he added.
Egypt President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Friday offered condolences to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong over the death of his father and former premier Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern-day Singapore.
In a phone call with the Singaporean prime minister, Sisi paid tribute to the late premier as the “architect of Singapore’s economy”, who enriched during his rule the political and economic life of his country.
Sisi conveyed the Egyptian people’s condolences to the Singaporean people.