Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulated Ismail Sabri Yaakob on becoming Malaysia's ninth prime minister, in a phone call on Sunday (Aug. 22).
Ismail Sabri was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday (Aug, 21), in a ceremony overseen by the king at the national palace.
Invited him to visit Singapore soon
Sharing his thoughts on both Facebook and Instagram, PM Lee said that Ismail Sabri's wealth of experience in the public service and government will allow Singapore's bilateral relationship with Malaysia to continue to flourish.
PM Lee said that Malaysia and Singapore enjoy "deep, warm and multi-faceted relations", and share many common interests, with citizens on both sides sharing familial ties across the border.
He added that the two nations have often needed to work closely on shared challenges, highlighting the fact that Ismail Sabri co-chaired the Singapore-Malaysia Special Working Committee on Covid-19 with Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean, where both men worked to oversee the continued movement of people and goods across the Singapore-Malaysia border.
PM Lee also invited Sabri Ismail to visit Singapore soon, and said that he looked forward to meeting him, in order to discuss how the two nations can take their friendship further, and expand their cooperation.
You can see PM Lee's full post here:
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Top image via MCI/Betty Chua and PMO Malaysia.