Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, is in Singapore today to take part in the country’s golden jubilee celebrations. Hammond said:
“Britain and Singapore have a relationship and history that is as close today as it was 50 years ago. We invest heavily in each other’s economies and the UK sees itself as among Singapore’s best friends.
I look forward to joining the events marking this special day and to conveying personally the British government’s congratulations to President Tan and all the Singaporean people”.
Hammond is expected to take parts in talks during his visit on both international trade and security matters. He also praised the work of Lee Kuan Yew, the long serving Prime Minister and founding father of the country, who died earlier this year at the age of 91.
Singapore became independent in 1965 following a short-lived merger with Malaysia, after a long period of British rule. The country is seen as one of Asia’s economic miracles and has built up substantial wealth despite limited natural resources.