Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam hails deep friendship between PHL and Singapore

April 4, 2014 5:24 am 

MANILA, April 3 — Visiting Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Thursday proposed a toast to the good health and continuing success of President Benigno S. Aquino III, peace and prosperity for the Filipino people and deep friendship between Singapore and the Philippines.

During the state luncheon hosted by President Aquino in Malacanang, President Tan took the opportunity to thank the Filipino leader for the warm welcome given to him and his delegation and kind words on Singapore.

“My delegation and I are delighted to be here and we are touched by the warm welcome and the generous hospitality accorded to us,” President Tan said.

“It has been more than 10 years since my last official visit to the Philippines, and I am astounded by the remarkable progress and developments that have taken place,” he added.

The Singaporean President, however, noted pleasantly that despite the country’s developments, the distinctive Filipino traits remain unchanged.

“Since our arrival, we have experienced nothing but the warm, the charm, and the friendliness of this beautiful country. Singapore and the Philippines share a long friendship, which has grown and deepened over the years,” he said.

He also noted that "this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries."

“Our governments enjoy good cooperation, and our multifaceted linkages range from economic collaboration to cultural exchanges,” President Tan said.

“Your Excellency’s state visit (to Singapore) in 2011 has further strengthened these ties, which intertwine our economies and peoples,” he added.

President Tan also mentioned how the Filipino community in Singapore plays an irreplaceable role in the Singaporean economy and society.

“I take this opportunity to express my appreciation for their contributions to Singapore’s growth and development,” he said. (PNA)

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