President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan have written congratulatory letters to the Federal President-elect of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The text of the letters are appended.

Letter from President Tony Tan Keng Yam to Federal President-elect of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier

His Excellency Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Federal President-elect

Federal Republic of Germany

Your Excellency,

On behalf of the people of Singapore, I would like to congratulate you on your election as the Federal President of Germany.

Singapore and Germany are close friends. As like-minded partners with common strategic interests, our two countries enjoy strong cooperation across a range of sectors, including trade and investment, defence, education, culture, and science and technology. In your previous role as the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, you played an integral role in strengthening bilateral ties. I am confident that cooperation between Singapore and Germany will continue to strengthen under your leadership as President.

I wish you every success in your mandate, and look forward to meeting you in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

TONY TAN KENG YAM

Letter from Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan to Federal President-elect of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier

14 February 2017

His Excellency Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Federal President-elect

Federal Republic of Germany

Dear Excellency,

Please accept my warmest congratulations on your election as the Federal President of Germany.

You have made invaluable contributions to Germany's foreign policy and played an instrumental role at various multilateral forums during your term as Foreign Minister. I am grateful for your support at the 3G meeting that I chaired in New York in September 2016. Under your leadership, Singapore and Germany have built a close and special partnership, anchored by common interests and values. I look forward to your continued personal attention and support to our bilateral ties as you assume your new role.

Please accept my best wishes for your continued good health and success in your new mandate. I look forward to meeting you again in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

DR VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore