PM Lee attends state funeral of former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe
SINGAPORE, Sept 28 — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attended the state funeral of Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo yesterday (September 27). In a...
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Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 7:30 AM MYT SINGAPORE, Sept 28 — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attended the state funeral of Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo yesterday (September 27).In a Facebook post yesterday, Lee described Abe as a “close friend of Singapore” who “worked hard to maintain the close ties between our countries”.For now, Wong, who is heir apparent to Lee, said during a dialogue session at the Forbes Global CEO Conference that his priority is focusing on the pressing issues that Singapore faces, which is “taking up a lot of my time”.Lee added that he also conveyed his deepest condolences to Mrs Akie Abe, the widow of the late ex-premier.Earlier this month, the High Court hearing the 1MDB case lost three-and-a-half days of due to Najib being admitted to the hospital for medical checks and attention.“In this time of grief, we remember him by continuing that good work,” Lee wrote in the post.Wong was responding to a question from Rich Karlgaard, the editor-at-large of Forbes Media, about his relationship with Lee and whether the two had discussions about the leadership transition, and when Wong thought it might occur.Abe, who served as prime minister from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020, died in hospital after being shot while he was giving a speech for a political campaign event on a street in the city of Nara on July 8.Bird.
He was 67.Some 400 business leaders are expected to attend the two-day conference starting yesterday.This morning at 10.Some 4,300 people, including world leaders such as United States Vice-President Kamala Harris and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, attended the state funeral at the Budokan arena in central Tokyo under tight security.Thousands of mourners had laid flowers, television showed, at designated spots near the venue from early morning to pay their last respects, with more waiting in three-hour-long queues.The Prime Minister has said that he would like it to be sooner, and he never fails to remind me that this is something that’s on his mind.Lee was accompanied by his wife Ho Ching for the event.His wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and his daughter Nooryana Najwa were also in the courtroom.Yesterday, Lee also met with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida.When I’m ready for it, and when I’m confident that the team is ready for it, I will let him know and we will certainly let Singaporeans know in due course, too.Shafee also dismissed the idea that Najib was given a first-class ward at Hospital Kuala Lumpur or the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital, saying that he had visited his client and that it was just a standard hospital room.
This is the third in-person meeting they have had in five months, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement.During the meeting, the two prime ministers reaffirmed the “close and longstanding ties” between both countries and discussed existing cooperation in the fields of digitalisation, sustainability, energy and multilateral trade.As to his relationship with Lee, Wong described it as good.MFA added that both leaders also had “a fruitful discussion” on regional and global developments.― TODAY Advertisement.Me as his principal private secretary (between May 2005 and August 2008), and later as his colleague in Cabinet after I joined politics in 2011,” said Wong.
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