Singapore PM Wong’s letter says PM Modi “shepherded India’s remarkable transformation”

Singapore Prime Minister Lawrence Wong at the Marina Bay
Singapore Prime Minister Lawrence Wong at the Marina Bay to catch the i Light festival. Photo courtesy: X/@LawrenceWongST

Singapore Prime Minister Lawrence Wong has written to Narendra Modi, congratulating the latter on his re-election as the Prime Minister of India, underlining that he has “shepherded India’s remarkable transformation”.

In the letter, PM Wong voiced his desire to work with PM Modi to further the strategic bilateral ties.

Modi was sworn in as prime minister on Sunday for a record-equalling third term, heading the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. Only Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India, served three terms.

In a congratulatory letter sent on Sunday to his counterpart, Wong noted that Modi had “shepherded India’s remarkable transformation and uplifted the lives of millions of people” over the past decade.

“I am confident that under your leadership, India will continue to grow and prosper,” Wong wrote in the letter, released by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs today.

He also spoke about Singapore and India as strategic partners who shared a “warm and multifaceted relationship”.

The letter said: “As we look forward to the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations next year, we will continue to cooperate closely to enhance this partnership and expand our collaboration in new areas like digitalisation, skilling, and healthcare.”

Wong wished Modi good health and success, adding that he looked forward to meeting him again and working with him “to further deepen ties”.

Sworn in as the Prime Minister of Singapore last month, in the city-state’s first leadership change in 20 years, Wong succeeded Lee Hsien Loong, who shared a close relationship with Narendra Modi.