PM Lee congratulates new Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar, says both countries must work together to face challenges

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SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (November 24) congratulated newly appointed Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who was previously sworn in at the Istana Negara.

In his letter, Mr. Lee also congratulated Mr. Anwar’s Pakatan Harapan coalition for its strong performance in the general election.

Mr Anwar’s nomination was confirmed by the Istana Negara on Thursday afternoon, following days of political uncertainty after the election failed to produce a clear winner.

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“Your premiership comes amid great challenges in our regional and global environment,” Mr Lee wrote. “As close neighbors and friends, Singapore and Malaysia should work together to overcome these challenges and explore new opportunities for cooperation.”

Mr. Lee added that Singapore and Malaysia share a “long-standing substantive relationship” supported by historical ties, multifaceted cooperation and strong interpersonal ties.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, our two countries have been steadfast partners, supporting each other,” he said. “The close coordination between our ministers and officials enabled us to maintain the flow of essential goods and workers and to quickly and effectively reopen our borders.

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“We have also been close partners in ASEAN, which remains central to stability in Southeast Asia amid rising geopolitical tensions.”

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