A post of Lee Hsien Loong, the current Prime Minister of Singapore was doing the rounds online after expressing his gratitude towards President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday.
Prime Minister Lee said he was glad after Duterte accepted the invitation to visit the Singapore.
President Duterte and Prime Minister Lee first met during ASEAN Summit last September this year.
Also, PM Lee cited the strong bond between Singapore and Philippines. He described the Filipino community in Singapore as lively and emphasized how the Filipinos enjoyed the Singapore.
Meanwhile, PM Lee said he and Duterte talked about the terrorism, the South China Sea and the US role in the region.
According to PM Lee he was looking forward to President Duterte as the chairman of ASEAN Summit in 2017.
The post already garnered 2,093 shares and 14,000 shares in 19 hours.
Read his full statement:
I first met Philippine President Rody Duterte at the ASEAN Summit in September (bit.ly/2hRaPSn). Happy that he accepted President Dr Tony Tan’s invitation to make an official visit to Singapore. He told me he was last here 30 years ago, for a court case!
Singapore and the Philippines enjoy a long-standing friendship. We have strong economic ties and warm people-to-people links. There is a lively Filipino community in Singapore and many Filipino tourists come here to enjoy our food and attractions.
At our meeting today, Mr Duterte and I discussed terrorism, the South China Sea and the US role in the region. Look forward to the Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN next year, which will also coincide with the 50th anniversary of founding of ASEAN. – LHL