|Former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew speaks in the 18th international conference on the future of Asia, in Tokyo on May 24, 2012. — Photo AFP
HA NOI (VNS) — Former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, together with Vietnamese leaders, have created a solid foundation for the relations between Singapore and Viet Nam, Foreign Ministry's spokesman Le Hai Binh said in response to reporters' queries on the death of the founding PM on March 23.
"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of former PM Lee Kuan Yew, the Government and people of Singapore over the death of former PM Lee Kuan Yew – a brilliant thinker and strategist, who founded and forged a developed Singapore today," Binh said.
He expressed his belief that Singaporean people will go on towards new attainments in the cause of multi-dimensional development for their country.
He also said he believes the cooperative ties between Viet Nam and Singapore will continue to grow for the mutual benefits of the two peoples, as well as for peace, stability and cooperation in the region and around the world.
Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore's Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990. He passed away early on March 23 at the age of 91. He was the founding Prime Minister of Singapore and father of the current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He has been widely credited with turning Singapore into one of the most affluent economies in Asia within three decades. — VNA/VNS