PM Lee, President Halimah congratulate US President Joe Biden on inauguration

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Then US vice-president Joe Biden seen sharing a laugh with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on 26 July 2013. (PHOTO: Associated Press)
Then US vice-president Joe Biden seen sharing a laugh with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on 26 July 2013. (PHOTO: Associated Press)

SINGAPORE — Strong American leadership will make a “decisive difference” to the world’s collective recovery and the shape of the post-COVID-19 world, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as Singapore’s leaders sent their congratulations to newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden.

In a congratulatory letter on Thursday (21 January), Lee noted that Biden, 78, takes office amid “many pressing challenges” to the US and the world.

“You can continue to rely on Singapore as a consistent and reliable friend and partner,” assured Lee.

“There is a deep reservoir of goodwill for the US in our region, because of the vital role the United States has played anchoring regional stability and economic prosperity for over half a century,” he added.

Meanwhile, President Halimah Yacob told Biden that his decades of experience in public office will provide a “stable, guiding hand” during a critical juncture for America and the international community.

In her congratulatory letter, Halimah also noted the “long, enduring friendship” between Singapore and the US, and invited Biden to Singapore again. Biden last visited Singapore in July 2013, when he was US Vice-President in the Obama administration.

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